Local bike enthusiasts filled the streets of downtown San Marcos recently for a bicycle rally. Photo by Sean Batura.
Texas State regents approved the design documents for a $1.8 million bike path project this week, clearing the way for construction to begin in the fall.
The project is part of the Campus Master Plan approved by the Board of Regents in May 2005. University officials plan to award a construction contract in the fall, with construction beginning in late fall or early winter. The approved design documents were prepared by Halff Associates.
The Campus Bike Path-Spring Lake project will encompass two bikeway corridors on the Texas State campus.
The north section will begin at the Texas State Golf Course, proceed up Brown School Road, continue along the northern edge of the golf course and above the Texas Rivers Center building, proceed along the hillside past the Salt Grass Steakhouse and end at the Texas State Tennis Center.
The south section will run from Bobcat Stadium, past Strahan Coliseum, across the San Marcos River and end at the pedestrian crosswalk in front of the J.C. Kellam Administration Building.
Elements of the project will include improved trail sections, two pre-manufactured pedestrian/bicycle bridges, an elevated boardwalk, design of drainage improvements and seating and rest areas along the trail, which may include bike racks, benches and drinking fountains.
The project will be funded from federal transportation funds administered by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and university funds. TxDOT has awarded Texas State $1.5 million for the bikeway project.