Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has given Hutto a new safe way to school. BWM’s Brian Binkowski recently signed off (no small task with Brian’s punch list!) on Chasco’s completion of Cottonwood Trail. BWM has been involved with the planned sidewalk improvements since 2003. Initially, BWM group helped Hutto prepare a TEA-21 TXDoT grant to fund the design of a 10' wide 1.5 mile concrete trail linking downtown Hutto to Hutto area schools. BWM planners identified the most feasible accessible route to provide a safe and cost effective route for its youth. The finished trail provides safe passage under US 79 to school, after school activities, as well as historic downtown Hutto and its surrounding parks. The ARRA made the linkage a reality in 2009 by funding the construction of the trail with $545,478 accompanied by a $284,522 match from Hutto.