New Phase Of Circle Trail Under Construction

New Phase Of Circle Trail Under Construction

Wichita Falls, TX-

Construction is underway off of Seymour Highway to make way for a new portion of the city's Circle Trail. The hike and bike path that will stretch 23-miles around the city has been in the works for more than 20 years.

Newschannel 6 reached out to city officials to get a progress report on the trails construction and texomans thoughts about the trail.

On any given day you can find a Texoman walking, running or riding along wichita falls circle trail.

"Its kind of a good way to circumnavigate the city," said sean brown, a cyclist on midwestern state university cycling team.

He said he enjoys taking in the sights of the falls, whether leisurely riding or training with his teammates.

"We leave from the university and head south on the trail and get off of the trail on barnett," said brown.

Brown said only 18-miles of the city's proposed 24-mile Circle Trail are complete. brown said in order to fully ride the path he has to take a detour onto busy city streets.

The portion of the trail that is not complete is located off of seymour highway, near the wichita bluff area. Right now, construction crews are working to expand that stretch of the trail that will eventually connect with others at Lucy park.

Jack Murphy, Wichita Falls Director of Parks & Recreation said the project will cost an estimated $1.3 million funded by 4-B funds.

"It's an extension of a trail that already exist on seymour highway and it will go about a mile in a quarter into the Wichita Bluff Nature Area," said Murphy.

Murphy anticipates it to be one of the prettiest sights around the city to see.

He said riders will, "enjoy the pretty views from the bluffs, along the wichita river which can have great views going up and down the river."

The construction of the project began in January and now is in full swing. City officials told Newschannel 6 that the contractor has one year to complete the project.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6