City of Paris Proposes Multi-Use Trail for West Paris
The City of Paris proposes to construct a 2.36 mile pedestrian/bicycle trail of which 1.2 miles will be on an abandoned rail road corridor that the City owns. This multi-use trail project will be located in west Paris and was selected out of six nominations from the Texas Department of Transportation’s Paris District for funding through the 2012 Transportation Enhancement Program. This bicycle & pedestrian trail project has an estimated cost of $696,207 and TxDOT will provide $515,193 of that cost with federal program and state funds.
The City of Paris will be providing all required right of way preparation, clearing, grading, regulatory and trail rule signage, safety bollards, benches, bike racks, trash receptacles and traffic calming where needed. This section will be cleared for a ten foot wide all-weather asphalt trail with two foot crushed granite shoulders and additional five feet of clear area on both sides for safety and future expansion. This trail will be a multi-user trail commuting to multi-destinations. The project will pass through west and north Paris residential neighborhoods creating an environment for users to choose a safer alternative off road route to bicycle, walk or wheelchair to connected major traffic generators that include three Paris ISD schools, three City parks, the Red River Valley Boys/Girls Club and Fairground facilities, Lamar County Historical and Red River Museums and commercial centers. This project will provide a linear, two-way trail through the heart of this community with multi-access points that will attract the young and old. It will promote a healthier lifestyle and help develop an enhanced awareness of the surrounding environment and support opportunities to interact with other trail users.