by Kim Johnson, Wilson County News

Pape-Dawson Engineers has been awarded the design contract for improvements to the Floresville El Camino Trail.

Floresville City Finance Director Cynthia Sturm and City Manager Andy Joslin presented the firm’s quote of $200,967 to the city’s six-member Hike & Bike Trail committee at their Sept. 21 meeting.

The price quoted, according to Sturm, includes project management, trail and drainage design, traffic control, environmental and landscape plans, survey, environmental permit, utility coordination, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation certification, geotechnical engineering services, and construction phase services.

“[Pape-Dawson] will be present throughout the project, making sure their design is followed,” Sturm said. “And they’ll be coming to the committee for approval on the design options for amenities.”

“Once the design is completed, [the project] will open up for construction bids,” she explained.

Following some discussion, the committee voted to recommend the firm’s proposal for approval by the Floresville City Council. It was presented to and approved by the council the following night.

Plans for the $927,000 two-mile trail improvement project, funded in part by a grant from Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), will include a wider paved trail with lights, benches, and disabled access ramps….

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