Source: Dallas Morning News
Three Dallas County cities will soon be connected by hike and bike trails.
The Mesquite-Garland-Richardson Bikeway Connectors is a collaborative project between Garland and Mesquite, which are both working on connecting and extending trails in their respective cities to make a continuous path from Mesquite to Richardson through Garland.
Once completed, the MGR Bikeway Connectors will have connected bicycle and pedestrian pathways between Garland, Richardson and Mesquite from Jupiter Road to beyond Interstate 30, according to city officials. These paved paths will be a combination of shared bike and car lanes, bike-only lanes and separate, paved hike and bike trails.
Garland parks special projects administrator Ziad Kharrat said the paths north of Centerville Road are on the street. South of Centerville Road, which is indicated on the city’s map in red, is a paved hike and bike trail.
The Mesquite Heritage Trail, which runs from Interstate 30 to Northwest Drive, will be extended by half a mile to connect with an existing Garland trail as part of the project, according to Mesquite assistant city engineer Wes McClure. Construction for the Mesquite Heritage Trail extension is slated to begin late this summer with an anticipated completion date of February 2022.
In addition to adding more mileage for running, hiking, biking and skating, McClure said this new trail is significant because it will enable Mesquite residents to access the Lake Ray Hubbard Park and Ride in Garland, which connects to buses that use the HOV lane to Downtown Dallas.
Both cities are spending over $3.4 million on the project, according to Garland engineering project manager Shafik Salamor and McClure.
Also in the works is a project to create a bike path north of the President George Bush Turnpike, which will consist of a section with a shared car and bike lane and, eventually, a paved hike and bike trail. Kharrat said the timeline for that project has not yet been finalized.
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