Additional Village Trail work to begin

Work began this week on another leg of the Village Trail, a transportation venue for walkers and bicyclists under development in the City of Houston.

A transportation lane for bicyclists will run north along U.S. 63 from Highway 17 and on to Grand Avenue. Pedestrians also will see improvements from U.S. 63 along First Street and from U.S. 63 along Grand Avenue.

Elaine Campbell, development director for the City of Houston, said Monday workers will first target the transportation lane from the former Simpson Tires location to First Street. The cost of the total project is estimated at about $305,000, with the Missouri Department of Transportation paying 75 percent of the cost of the project. A City of Houston construction crew will do the work.

Earlier segments completed include those through Emmett Kelly Park and along Brushy Creek, where a wildflower garden is situated and about 1,500 trees and plants were placed in the ground last year.

Other sections that may be done this year:

*Phase II: Grand Avenue to Emmett Kelly Park, as well as Brushy Creek to Grand Avenue.

*Phase III: Spruce Street along some bridges on the Christie property near the county justice center.

Campbell said survey and engineering work is under way on both of those phases.

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