Announcement from OKC
West River Trail
The West River Trail is closed between NW 10thStreet and Reno Avenue while crews install a water pipeline nearby. The trail should be re-opened in late October, although weather and other factors could affect the timeline.
During construction, the trailhead at Reno will remain open. Cyclists may consider using NW 10thand Reno to access Council Road as a detour around the closed section of the trail.Click here for a map.
Signs will alert trail users to the closures.
The pipeline is part of a larger infrastructure improvement project that will connect the water treatment plants at Lake Hefner and Lake Stanley Draper, allowing each plant to serve as a backup to the other if one is temporarily taken offline.
While the trail is closed, crews will also repair a sinkhole on the trail caused by a storm sewer collapse just south of NW 10thStreet.
Lake Overholser Trail
Parts of the Overholser Trail will be closed between NW 39thand NW 10thstreets beginning Sept. 1 for about eight months. This closure is also part of the same pipeline project affecting the West River Trail.
Different sections of the trail will close or open during construction as the project progresses. Weather and other factors could affect the timeline.
Trail users will be diverted to E Overholser Drive until the project is finished. Signs will alert trail users to the detours.
Lake Hefner Trails
We have also learned that funding as been approved to resurface parts of the Lake Hefner trail.
Here is that announcement:
Council approves first Better Streets, Safer City trails project
Post Date:07/31/2018 11:32 AM
Better Streets, Safer Citystreet improvement projects arealready under way, and theOklahoma City Counciljust approved the program’s first trails project.
The Council voted Tuesday to approve resurfacing the Bert Cooper Trails at Lake Hefner using $770,000 from temporary sales tax proceeds. Construction is likely to begin later this summer or in early fall.
Thetemporary sales tax packageincluded in Better Streets, Safer City took effect Jan. 1 after theMAPS 3sales tax expired. It’s expected to generate about $240 million over 27 months and includes $12 million for trails, $168 million for street resurfacing, $24 million for streetscapes, $24 million for sidewalks and $12 million for other bicycle infrastructure.
The Community and Neighborhood Enhancement Advisory Board makes recommendations about the Better Streets, Safer City sales tax projects to the City Council, which has final approval. The board meets on the first Monday of each month in Council Chamber on the third floor ofCity Hall,200 N Walker Ave.
The board reviews projects and makes recommendations to the City Council about prioritization, timelines, design, contracts and other matters.
The projects will help address street conditions, the perennial top priority of Oklahoma City residents in the Council’sannual resident survey. The result will new streets for drivers, on-street amenities for recreational and commuting cyclists, and streetscapes and trails.
The sales tax projects are joined by the other major Better Streets, Safer City initiatives: a10-year, $967 million bond program, and a permanent ¼ cent sales tax for more police officers, more firefighters and day-to-day operations.