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Plans to build 12-mile multiuse trail move forward

MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

The City of Mobile wants to build a 12-mile greenway multiuse trail from Langan Park/The University of South Alabama to downtown Mobile/Mobile Bay.

"Right now we're presenting the first phase of 3 Mile Creek master plan so what that entails is, we have a design for 1.7 miles worth of trail but we're going to implement .8 miles of trail from Tercentennial Park to West Ridge Road," said City of Mobile Director of Parks and Planning Matthew Capps.

The trail will include a 10-foot wide sidewalk, solar-powered lights and benches. It will also include other amenities like a kayak launch.

Capps says phase one will cost $1.2 million dollars. Capps says most of that money will come from grants:

Design:

Community Development Block Grant:  $105,000.00

Total:     $105,000.00

Construction:    

Capital Improvement Plan:          $514,284.00

Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs:          $386,525.00

Local Foundation:            $204, 951.00

Total:     $1,105,760.00

Grand Total:       $1,210,760.00

FOX10 News asked how the city plans to fund the rest of the trail.

"There's a huge following in this project so once we break ground, then more foundations will want to chip in and other non-profits will want to help and will keep on building it,” Capps explained. “At the minimal, we will keep building so city council will want to build more legs. This is going to be a transformational project for the entire community so the economic benefits are going to be huge.”

Before construction begins, the city council has to give the green light on the contract for construction and approval of the grant money.

Pending Council approval:

Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) grant award for $386,525 to fund the first section of the Mobile Greenway. 

$447,647 performance contract with James H. Adams & Son Construction Company Inc. to construct the first section of the trail

$40,000 performance contract with Dorsey & Dorsey Engineering, Inc. to be the project manager of this first phase.

Mobile Greenway First Phase:

Construction will begin on 0.8 miles of the 10’ wide multiuse walking and biking trail.

The location will be along the north side of Three Mile Creek from Tricentennial Park to West Ridge Road.

Within a mile radius of the first phase, there are 69,000 residents, 900 businesses and 3 hospitals.

Amenities include a 10-foot wide concrete trail, a fitness zone, landscaping,  solar lighting, benches, a kayak launch and educational signage.

The project is expected to be complete in 10 months. 

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