Written by The Business Journal Staff
Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin formally kicked off the Midtown Trail Project on Monday afternoon.
The $9.5 million project will connect the Clovis Old Town Trail with a new 7-mile trail extending to Blackstone and Shields avenues in central Fresno.
The project is one of the keystones of the City of Fresno’s Active Transportation Plan, an effort to create an extensive regional bicycle and pedestrian trail network.
“As a result of this major project, we will connect Central Fresno, the city of Clovis and North Fresno,” said Mayor Swearengin. “We’re finally providing the infrastructure that not only makes walking and biking more convenient, it also marks the opportunity for more transportation options that can make our community a healthier place to live.”
Funded by a federal grant and Measure C, once completed, the system will include a continuous 17-mile metro-wide system of trails running from Blackstone along Shields to Millbrook Avenue, south to McKinley Avenue and east to Clovis.
The trail project was facilitated by the Fresno County Transportation Authority, which advanced the City part of the funding until the federal grant comes through.
Fresno City Manager Bruce Rudd and Scott Mozier, director of public works, also joined Mayor Swearengin at today’s event as did Fresno Councilmembers Paul Caprioglio and Steve Brandau and Clovis City Councilman and Fresno County Supervisor-elect Nathan Magsig.
The two-year project is expected to be completed sometime in 2018.