In 2014 the City and STW worked together on a Federal Lands Access grant (FLAP) grant proposal for Phase 6 Cross Trail Planning and Design from Kramer Drive to Starrigavan. This is the same funding source that was used to build the last sections of the Cross Trail. The grant was awarded and funds became available this past fall after the most recent Federal Transportation bill, “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation” (FAST) Act was signed. Three project agreements between the City and Western Federal Lands were signed before work began this spring. The Western Federal Lands grant administrators support the partnership arrangement between the City and STW to provide work on the trail since this approach is seen as the most cost effective and efficient way to accomplish trail construction.
STW has selected a consultant to do the planning and engineering for the project via a Request for Proposals process. LEI was the local firm selected to determine a viable route, provide a cost estimate and complete bridge engineering. After the alignment is finalized through a public scoping effort, STW will work with the Forest Service personnel this fall so that the necessary field reports and cultural resources inventory are completed for the NEPA process. Wetland delineations for the application to Army Corps of Engineers will also be completed and reviewed. STW will obtain Corps permits on behalf of the City.
The Director submitted another FLAP grant application for two million dollars constructing the 2.5 mile Phase 6 project and two bridges on behalf of the City on May 16. If awarded, the construction project will begin in early spring 2019.