Mesquite Heritage Trail
On July 30, 2007, the City of Mesquite submitted a proposal to the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) under its Comprehensive Development Agreement (CDA) Funding Initiative to construction a 4.4 mile hike and bike trail. The project was subsequently approved for and added to the Transportation Improvement Plan on October 31, 2008. The Mesquite Hike and Bike Trail, Phase 1 will be the first section of the City’s main hike and bike trail system.
City Council approved a professional engineering service contract on December 6, 2010 with David C. Baldwin Inc. for the preparation of construction plans. The trail will be 4.4 miles of 12-foot wide illuminated concrete sidewalk that starts at Towne Centre Drive and IH 635, follows the Oncor transmission line north to Northwest Drive, follows Northwest Drive north across IH 30, follows the westbound IH 30 frontage road east and terminates in the City of Garland at Greenbelt Parkway. The project will use the existing 5-foot wide sidewalks on the TxDOT bridges over Duck Creek and IH 30 at Northwest Drive. It will provide a multi-modal transportation connection to the extend the Regional Veloweb System adjacent to the DART Transit Center in Garland through eight subdivisions, two City parks, three schools and the Town East Retail and Restaurant Area.
Funding for the Mesquite Hike and Bike Trail project has been appropriated from Regional Toll Revenue (RTR) funds and Mesquite Quality of Life Corporation 4B Capital Project Budgets. The project is cost shared 80 percent RTR funds and 20 percent local funds which are estimated to be $4.7 Million.
This project is for the construction of Phase I of the Mesquite Heritage Trail which consists of approximately 4.4 miles of concrete trails and sidewalks, three trailheads, major intersection enhancements, one exercise station, one pedestrian bridge and other improvements. The trail starts at Towne Centre Drive and Franklin Drive and ends along the west bound frontage road of Interstate 30 just west of Greenbelt Parkway. The trailheads are located at (1) Americana Lane just northeast of Chisolm Trail, (2) the north corner of Galloway Avenue and Green Canyon Drive, and (3) on Northwest Drive just west of Via La Paloma. The major intersection enhancement is located at Town East Blvd. and Towne Centre Drive. The exercise station is located within Palos Verdes Park adjacent to the lake. The pedestrian bridge is located within Kimbrough Park crossing North Mesquite Creek behind Kimbrough Middle School and Beasley Elementary. The project is on schedule to be completed by the end of December of 2014.