Through the grant, TxDOT will fund 80 percent of this trail project and the other 20 percent will come from the 4B Sales Tax Corporation.

Public Works Director Russell Schreiber said bids for this 3,500-foot section of trail from Loop 11 to Lucy Park originally went out in late summer.

The city received a few bids when they were opened Aug. 6, but they were all more than $1.6 million over the estimated budget.

City Manager Darron Leiker said on top of the quality-of-life aspect, the trail construction is a boon to the economy of the city by employing local workers who then spend their dollars within the city.

Schreiber added that time is of the essence for these three trail projects because they must be completed by October 2020 or a total of more than $5 million in grant funding will be rescinded.

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