Cyclists, joggers and others who enjoy using the western Metroplex's growing network of hike and bike trails will be happy to hear that the Texas Transportation Commission on Thursday approved $8.2 million for trail and sidewalk projects in Tarrant County. Federal law dictates that 10 percent of highway formula funds be set aside for so-called transportation enhancements -- often trails, landscaping or even artwork -- that complement the highway system.
Among the enhancement projects approved Thursday:
Fort Worth: $4.4 million for neighborhood connections for pedestrians and bicycles. This will expand the city's trail system to 50 miles over the next three to five years, up from 42 miles, said Adelaide Leavens, executive director of the nonprofit Streams and Valleys Inc. "I just cannot stress how incredible it is for us to receive this much money," said Leavens, whose group will help provide a 20 percent local match with donations and in-kind contributions of labor and equipment.
Southlake: $1.7 million for Farm Road 1709 sidewalks.
Arlington: $1.2 million for a Bowman Branch Linear Park trail.
Grapevine: $935,000 for a Grapevine Links Trail to hotels and shops.