South Clark Road Pedestrian Trail
The City of Cedar Hill 2012 Parks, Recreation, Trails & Open Space Master Plan, (the Master Plan) establishes the vision for development of parks facilities including hike and bike pedestrian trail systems in the City. One of the long-term goals is to provide trail connectivity throughout the City, with adjacent Cities trail systems and regional trails systems. The Master Plans includes three loop trails within the City limits including the Middle Loop Core Trail of which South Clark Road Trail is a part.
The City regularly coordinates with adjacent Cities and regional governmental bodies on recreational, environmental, public safety, transportation, water and wastewater distribution needs. The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is a voluntary association of, by and for local governments, established to assist in regional planning. NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and make joint decisions. Periodically the NCTCOG administers federal grant funds for various project including Grant funding for alternative transportation projects (trails.)
In 2017, NCTCOG administered $23 million of federal grant funds through the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program which provided funding for transportation alternatives. In February 2017, the City of Cedar Hill made an application for funding through this program for the S. Clark Trail project. The Project was approved for funding and received $1,053,151.00 of Federal funds.
Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers was hired by the City to design, prepare construction plans, and provide construction administration services for the S. Clark Road Pedestrian Trail project. Because of the funding, the design is required to meet Texas Department of Transportation design standards which includes review and approval through multiple state agencies. Hence the design, review, and approval process required more time than traditional City projects.
The project was advertised for construction in July 2021. The City received four bids and Axis Contracting, Inc. was the low bidder at $ 1,865,436.00. The City will fund the cost beyond the federal funding. In November 2021, the City approved the South Clark Road Pedestrian Trail construction contract with Axis Contracting, Inc.
Work is anticipated to begin February 2022 and completed by the end of the year.
The project includes installation of a 10-foot-wide hike and bike pedestrian trail on the west parkway of South Clark Road from Belt Line Road to the Red Oak Trail crossing, storm drainage improvements, reconstruction of driveway approaches crossing the trail and the partial reconstruction of S. Clark Road intersections of Astoria Drive, Cooper Street and Bristol Drive. The project also includes the installation of a HAWK beacon crosswalk pedestrian light system at Red Oak Trail crossing. This is a push button flashing light system which will replace the constant blinking light.
Construction by its nature is messy, loud, disruptive, and inconvenient. Our hope is to reasonably minimize these inconveniences. Your patience and understanding are requested and appreciated as we make these trail improvements.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contract the City’s project manager, Steve Schell, P.E., at 214 587-6148.