Plans in the works for extending Grand Island Trail System

Council approves company to make preliminary design
Grand Island looking to make a trail from the intersection of North Road and
Old Potash Hwy to...
Grand Island looking to make a trail from the intersection of North Road and Old Potash Hwy to the City Water Tower Park on Engleman Road.(City of Grand Island)
Published: Jan. 25, 2023 at 4:15 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Grand Island City Council has given JEO Consulting Group the approval to engineer the design for a new trail for $29,900.

Parks and Recreation Director, Todd McCoy, proposed the new trail project to be added onto the Grand Island Metropolitan Area Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

The trail will start at the intersection of North Road and Old Potash Highway and end near the City Water Tower Park on Engelman Road. The trail will be 1.4 miles long and 10′ wide with the goal of closing gaps in the current trail system.

City Councilman Chuck Haase asked McCoy, “What is it that they are engineering besides a wide sidewalk for 1.4 miles, what do you get for $30,000?”

Interim Public Works Director, Keith Kurz, explained to the councilman that it’s more then just a sidewalk and laying down some concrete.

”A big piece of this is the topo survey to verify what elevations are out there and also look and see how much dirt work needs to be done,” said Kurz.

Total costs to fun the project is estimated to be $1 million. McCoy is hoping to get approved for one of three grants to help pay for the rest of the project - Trail Grants from Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, (TAP) Transportation Funding, and the RAISE Discretionary Grant.

Kurz added that having the strongest design will help with securing the best grant.