The city of Coppell has started construction on the Campion Trail expansion project, which is expected to give more residents connectivity to other trails and cities. The project is being funded by Dallas County and is designed and managed by the city of Irving.

“We don’t have a lot of trail access on the south side of Coppell. Anytime we do any kind of surveying for what the public would like to see, trails is always high, and so is connecting up the other trails and focusing on our southern and eastern side of the city,” said John Elias, parks project manager for the city of Coppell. “What it brings as far as value is it opens up connectivity to the Campion Trail, and it gives the citizens a lot more opportunity to get out to ride bikes and jog.”

The northern part of Irving's Campion Trail extends from Valley Ranch to Las Colinas. City officials said Coppell’s portion of the project includes over two miles of a 12-foot wide concrete trail with a bridge crossing Grapevine Creek just west of MacArthur Boulevard.

The project will begin at Mockingbird Lane at Belt Line Road and run east, shifting south of the Belmont Landing subdivision, crossing Grapevine Creek and following the levy past MacArthur Boulevard.

Elias said the project will not hinder traffic, and no road lanes will be closed during construction.

After the completion of the project, the city plans to put in small additions to the trail, such as mile markers, trail signage and benches.

The trail expansion also opens opportunities for the city to connect its trails to the upcoming DART Cotton Belt rail line and other cities. The city’s parks and recreation board has made small adjustments to its Trail Master Plan.

Elias said once the plan is approved by the council, the park’s board will start looking at getting funding for a trail within DART’s easement.

The Campion Trail expansion project is expected to be completed by this fall.

Presented by Coppell Gazette, January 29, 2018

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