It’s been decades, but the roar of heavy machinery will be once again heard from the old Milwaukee Railroad right-of-way east of University Road.
On Tuesday, the Spokane Valley City Council approved the first phase of construction, comprising of earthwork, between University and Pines Road of the new Appleway Trail. The bid went to Spokane Valley firm L&L Cargile Inc. in the amount of $186,301.
Six bidders made offers to do the work, with a high bid of $297,000, said Eric Guth, city public works director. The initial work is expected to begin soon.
The second phase -- which involves actual construction of the walking trail, which will continue eastward where Appleway Boulevard currently terminates at University – will begin later this year. That portion will include paving, lighting, irrigation and the planting of trees.
The entire project is estimated to cost around $1.4 million. The city has already received a grant for about $643,000 and anticipates another $1 million in 2017 from the Spokane Regional Transportation Council.
Future phases will extend the trail to Evergreen Road. Eventually, the trail will wind east and hook up to Liberty Lake’s trail system.
The trail will connect with the STA Transit Center at University and Appleway and then parallel Sprague Avenue to the south, allowing walkers, bicyclists, joggers and other recreationists to commute away from traffic. It will also act as a buffer between the businesses to the north and the residential areas to the south.