The Johnston City Council recently received an update on plans for constructing a new trail or “Side-Path” on the east side of NW 86th street between NW 54th Ave. and NW 62nd Ave. The project has been included in the City’s capital improvement plan, and bids are expected to be solicited sometime in November. Construction would be expected to begin in the spring of 2021. One of the technical challenges of the project involves the relocation of utilities. The familiar pine trees adjacent to the road and neighborhood would be removed and replaced by a landscaped berm. Construction costs are currently estimated to be about $1.6 million.
Detailed plans show how the path would flow from the commercial corner on NW54th Avenue, past Chambery and Windsor Parkway, and then from Crescent Chase to NW 62nd Avenue. From there, users could connect to the NW 62nd Avenue trail and also the trail along Beaver Creek to NW 70th Avenue and the water trail access point. At Windsor Parkway, users could cross NW 86th and connect with the Greenwood Hills Park trail intersecting with Long Meadows Drive.
Construction of the new water trails access point at Lew Clarkson Park is also underway. Beaver Creek needs some water for navigation, but the access point is expected to open by the end of November, 2020. Below is a panoramic view of the new access point as viewed from Lew Clarkson and including the Terra Park trail access.