The committee recommends engineers from Pape-Dawson for the design of walking and cycling trails

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The Floresville Walking and Biking Trails Committee will recommend Pape-Dawson Engineering to City Council for the Floresville El Camino Trail Improvement Project. The Texas Department of Transportation and the Floresville Economic Development Corp. are funding the project, which will include lighting, benches, paving and disabled access. KIM JOHNSON/Wilson County News

“It’s a big step,” Claudia Garza said, after Floresville’s hiking and biking trails committee – which she chairs – approved Pape-Dawson Engineers’ recommendation for design work on the trail. two-mile hike of the Floresville Greenway, also known as the Floresville El Sentier Camino.

The committee met June 15 and reviewed bids for the trail project from seven engineering firms, before selecting Pape-Dawson’s bid to present for recommendation to the Floresville City Council at its meeting on June 23.

The $927,000 project, funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), includes the design of a wider paved path, complete with lighting and benches, that extends from SH 97 to the River Bend Golf Course .

Floresville Economic Development Corp. is also contributing $231,774, including $50,744 in cash from the local government and $181,000 in in-kind funds for the project, which also includes ramps for people with disabilities.

“Familiarity with TxDOT” was one of the reasons for recommending Pape-Dawson, according to Garza.

The committee also voted to have Braun Tree Service cut down a tree near Hickory and F streets that poses a potential hazard to hikers using the trail, which is part of the El Camino Real National Historic Trail.

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