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Cowan Boulevard Trail to be extended
Last night City Manager Beverly Cameron approved awarding the contract to extend the Cowan Boulevard trail to Messer Contracting, of Glen Allen, Virginia.
The walking and cycling trail on the south side of Cowan Boulevard will be extended from Keeneland Road eastward to Route 1. A pedestrian crossing will be added to the intersection of Cowan Boulevard and Route 1. The trail will continue along one block of Rowe Street to the sidewalk on the south side of Stafford Avenue. The connection to the sidewalk will provide sidewalk access to William Street and downtown. (If you can’t visualize this, see the map below.)
The project is a VDOT transportation enghancement project, so the city will pay 20 percent ( $27, 718) and VDOT will pay 80 percent ($110,874). The total cost of the project is $138, 592. (The contract price plus 10 percent coningency.)
UPDATE: I spoke with Doug Fawcett, Director of Public works for the city. He told me that the project is pending final approval from VDOT, which should take about a week. To complete the whole thing, it will take about five months. Residents can expect to be able to start using the trail in mid-to-late Fall.
Here’s a diagram: