Wimberley Trail project receives state funds

Staff Report 

The Wimberley Trail Project has received approval of more than $970,000 in funds from the Texas Transportation Commission for sidewalk infrastructure. 

The money will fund sidewalks connecting Wimberley High School, Danforth Junior High School, Wimberley Market Days and the Wimberley Village Library along RM 2325. This is expected to improve pedestrian safety, increase connectivity and help close gaps in the sidewalk network. 

The awarded project includes construction of a six-foot-wide sidewalk along the west side of Carney Lane from Danforth Junior High, to the south side of FM 2325, extending east to Green Acres as an eight-foot-wide sidewalk. The sidewalk will cross to the north side of FM 2325 at the traffic light and connect to an existing sidewalk for access to the HEB Grocery store. All new sidewalks will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

The trail is a long-term project, created to connect the Wimberley Valley. A primary goal is to bring residents close to nature through a system of hike and bike trails while linking regional points of interest in the community. 

Hays County funded the planning process and design with participation from the cities of Wimberley and Woodcreek, Wimberley ISD, the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association, parks and recreation departments and local community members. 

“We received great support from our partners and community on this effort,” said Pct. 3 Commissioner Lon Shell. “We are all very excited to secure funding for the first piece of this project that will make it safer and easier to get around while enjoying the natural beauty of our unique area. Thank you to TxDOT and the commission.” 

While some funds have been secured for the project, the county will continue working with partners to find additional funding. 

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