There has been significant progress on the 62nd street multi-use trail since the last update. The path is now graded halfway through the neighborhood which for imaginative purposes means, trail construction is now snaking it’s way eastward through the neighborhood.
The first layer of pavement has been laid along the Glendale Town Center, with what appears to be another layer yet to come. Additionally, some of the pathway through the neighborhood has some pavement laid as well. There are a lot of what appear to be underground storm water pipes through the neighborhood, so I am not sure where these will be placed yet.
We will keep you updated as trail construction moves forward. This post should serve to dispel some of the myths about how slowly this project is moving as most of the grading and paving has taken place this week. One last point in closing. This trail is 100% federally funded. As our federal government debates the new surface transportation bill, one of the key debate points has been federal funding for bike and pedestrian projects. Republicans want to cut it as they see those funds taking away from roadway spending, even though there is currently a minimal amount that exists. Democrats have lobbied for the Cardin-Cochran amendment which would allow cities to have more flexibility over the funding available to them for projects exactly like this one. Should be interesting to see how the federal debate will affect us locals as the negotiations wrap up.