Officials from the City of Midwest City, and representatives from Tinker Air Force Base, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Parathon Construction recently meet to ceremoniously remove the caution tape and construction cones for the official opening of the one-mile trail on 29th Street between Air Depot and Sooner Road.
The trail is on the south side of 29th Street along the Tinker Air Force Base and connects the gates on Air Depot and Sooner Road. The trail allows pedestrians and cyclists to continue to Town Center on 29th Street as well as the Midwest City Visitor’s Center.
The trail includes a 120 foot long bridge that allows users to cross Crutcho Creek. The prefabricated bridge, which arrived in two sections, has a 12-foot wide deck.
The non-motorized, multipurpose trail was funded in part through federal Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) grant funds and the construction was managed by ODOT. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, the grants are for a variety of smaller-scale transportation projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails, and safe routes to school projects among others.
TAP is part of MAP-21 which established the program to provide for a variety of alternative transportation projects. MAP-21, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act was signed into law by President Obama on July 6, 2012 and authorized funds for Federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and transit programs as well as other purposes.
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