Pulaski County, Ark. – Pulaski County received a $330,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives Program for trail improvements in Two Rivers Park. Terms of the grant also require a 20 percent investment from the county totaling approximately $83,000.
“We’ve been working with members of the biking community, organized cycling clubs and representatives of both city and county to put forth ideas to increase cycling safety along the Arkansas River Trail and its connections,” County Judge Barry Hyde said. “By separating cyclists and pedestrians there will be less possibility for conflicts or accidents.”
The $400,000 project includes an alternative trail, or spur, designed to direct more experienced cyclists, who ride at higher speeds, away from pedestrians and runners. The clearly signed, 16-foot-path includes a dashed center line to signify travel in both directions for more experienced riders.
The second element of the project features a traffic-calming circle constructed just south of the new spur to reduce on-path gathering. A bike rack and fix-it station will be located near the restroom while benches, water fountain and the kiosk will be relocated next to the pedestrian circle.
“This is just one of many projects in Two Rivers Park; there are more improvements and additions to come,” Hyde said. “It’s my goal that Two Rivers Park is welcoming and safe for all who wish to visit.”