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Regents approve construction of bike trails on campus

Posted by University News Service
June 5, 2009


Bicycling for recreation and transportation on the campus of Texas State University-San Marcos is about to become easier and more convenient, thanks to action taken Friday by the university’s Board of Regents.

Meeting on the Texas State campus, the Texas State University System Board of Regents voted to approve design documents prepared by Halff Associates for a dual trail bike path project with a total cost of approximately $1.8 million.

The project is part of the Campus Master Plan approved by the Board of Regents in May 2005. University officials plan to award a construction contract in the fall, with construction beginning in late fall or early winter.

The so-called Campus Bike Path-Spring Lake project will encompass two bikeway corridors on the Texas State campus.

The north section will begin at the Texas State Golf Course, proceed up Brown School Road, continue along the northern edge of the golf course and above the Texas Rivers Center building, proceed along the hillside past the Salt Grass Steakhouse and end at the Texas State Tennis Center.

The south section will run from Bobcat Stadium, past Strahan Coliseum, across the San Marcos River and end at the pedestrian crosswalk in front of the J.C. Kellam Administration Building.

Elements of the project will include improved trail sections, two pre-manufactured pedestrian/bicycle bridges, an elevated boardwalk, design of drainage improvements and seating and rest areas along the trail, which may include bike racks, benches and drinking fountains.

The project will be funded from federal transportation funds administered by the Texas Department of Transportation and university funds. TxDOT has awarded Texas State $1.5 million for the bikeway project.