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City to extend South Side Salado Creek trail

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This summer, the city plans to begin an extension of the Salado Creek hike and bike trail from Southside Lions Park (pictured) to Southeast Military Drive. Courtesy image/San Antonio

Walkers, joggers and bicyclists visiting the Salado Creek greenway on the South Side soon will see an expanded trail.

Davila Construction plans to extend the existing hike and bike trail from Southside Lions Park to Southeast Military Drive.

City Council voted March 4 to award a maximum $3.77 million contract to Davila to make the Salado Creek greenway more accessible from Southeast Military.

A map of the planned Salado Creek trail extension on the Southeast Side. Courtesy image/San Antonio

The project includes construction of a 3.1-mile-long, 10-foot-wide concrete, multiuse trail, and a trailhead with parking, which allows rainwater to saturate the soil.

Also planned are three pedestrian bridges, several drainage culverts, retaining walls, rest areas, signs and other minor amenities. Construction is slated to begin this summer and end in late 2022.

It’s one of the final neighborhood initiatives to get full backing from Rebecca Viagran, who’s finishing her fourth stint as the District 3 councilwoman, but unable to run again due to term-limit constraints.

“This is a project we have been working on for a long time,” Viagran said.

The project includes $3.71 million from the city’s sales tax-supported venue fund, and is part of the city’s Fiscal Years 2021-2026 capital improvement program.

San Antonio’s Tree Canopy Preservation and Mitigation Fund, which pays for tree plantings around the trailhead and irrigation, foots the remainder.

The proposed endeavor is part of the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails system, a growing network of linked hike and bike pathways.

Also, many residents are anticipating the opening this fall of a 1,200-foot-long trail expansion connecting The Greenline at Brooks to the San Antonio River Mission Reach.

Construction launched last July features a 10-foot wide mixed-use pathway, a 43-foot long tunnel under the Union Pacific Railroad line and shaded gathering spots.

“The Greenline extension will provide tens of thousands of South Side community members with a direct connection to downtown and beyond,” Brooks President/CEO Leo Gomez said.

eortiz@localcommunitynews.com

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