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Midwest City receives $1.74 million in grants to extend trail system

Midwest City became the recipient of four federal grants totaling $1.74 million to expand the city’s trail system.
By Kay Hunt, For The Oklahoman Published: July 23, 2014

The Community Development Department announced that Midwest City has received four federal grants totaling $1.74 million for an extension of the city’s trail system.

The grants, awarded by the Transportation Alternatives Program and Transportation Enhancement, will be administered by the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments and Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

The new trails are expected to be 10 feet wide and add nearly four miles to the existing seven miles of trails throughout the city.

City officials said the trails will enhance the quality of life by providing a safe and accessible off-road route for recreational activities such as biking, walking and running as well as transportation for everyday trips such as work, school and shopping.

Proposed areas that will receive the new trails include:

SE 29 Street Trail, Sooner to Air Depot

This trail will be on the south side of SE 29 from Sooner Road to Air Depot Boulevard and will connect Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Del City and Tinker Air Force Base.

W Palmer Loop Trail

This trail will start at the existing Soldier Creek trail network and will progress around the Tinker Air Force accident potential zone along Palmer Drive to SE 29.

Rail with Trail

This trail will be located along an abandoned diagonal rail right-of-way between SE 15 and Maple Drive.

Mid-America Trail

This trail will travel along Soldier Creek from the intersection of NE 10 and Midwest Boulevard to the Mid-America Park, safely connecting neighborhoods to the park and adding a link to Midwest City’s proposed trail network.

Kay Hunt is public relations specialist for Midwest City.