Q&A: Eastland Pathinder plans expected to wrap up this month

February 5, 2020

What’s the status with the Pathfinder trail head at Eastland Shopping Center?

Plans to re-route the Pathfinder trail that is currently directly west of Eastland Center underwent some set-backs but are moving ahead now, Director of Engineering Micah Siemers said recently.

City Beat readers will recall the project is an effort to make the area more safe for trail users. City staff began working on a resolution to the problem shortly after the construction of the Chick-Fil-A restaurant at the center, which brought increased traffic to the trail area. Staff sought and received a grant in the amount of $125,000 from the 2018 Recreational Trails Program, which is administered by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, to help leverage existing funds for the project, and began working to acquire the easements needed to complete the re-alignment of the path to run south of Turkey Creek rather than through the Eastland Shopping Center. The plan also includes relocating the existing trail head at the shopping center near Chick-Fil-A to the west side of U.S. Highway 75 on property owned by the City, located north of Senor Salsa.

Siemers said Monday design plans for the project should be complete by the end of February and the bid process could conclude as early as March. If all goes according to plan, construction would likely start in May.