TxDOT Approves Northaven Trail Pedestrian Bridge Over U.S. 75

Runners, cyclists, and walkers wishing to take Northaven Trail to the White Rock Creek Trail will be able to within the next two years, Friends of Northaven Trail president Jeff Kitner said Monday.

The organization, which oversees the volunteer effort to maintain and beautify the commuter and recreational bike and hike trail, got word late last week that the Texas Department of Transportation had approved a project that will connect the Northaven Trail to White Rock Creek Trail, Cottonwood Creek Trail, and other trails east of the highway by a bridge over U.S. Highway 75.

“The project will also stand as a regional example of the positive benefits of appropriate location and design aesthestics for future bicycle and pedestrian trails and amenities,” a project fact sheet from TxDOT said.

The Northaven Trail runs from U.S. Highway 75 to Denton Drive. The plans for it include connecting to the White Rock Creek Trail on the east and Irving’s Campion Trail on the west. 

“This really opens up our Dallas Parks and Recreation trail network for access between North Dallas and other previously unconnected trails east and south,” Kitner said.

The $9.3 million project will be not quite half a mile long, with an estimated completion date sometime in late 2022. Groundbreaking, Kitner said, would happen “later this spring.”

Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, deputy editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. Recently, she's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Education Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the News Leaders Association, the News Product Alliance, and the Online News Association. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy. You can reach her at bethany.erickson@peoplenewspapers.com.

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