Midwest City, OK, was founded in the early 1940s and has been a planned community from its inception. The city runs adjacent to Oklahoma City and encompasses 25 square miles. In the mid-1990s, citizen advocacy resulted in the addition of trails to the city parks throughout town. Today, those trails are widely used for both recreation and transportation, and improvements to them are considered an investment in the quality of life for the residents of Midwest City.
The City hired Crossland Heavy Contractors to help them improve and expand a section of their trail system so residents could have better pedestrian and bicycle access to schools, civic institutions, parks, and businesses. This project was the first phase of Midwest City’s multi-phase plan to connect this trail at opposite ends of town, tying it into trails that lead to downtown OKC. The project included a one-mile, 10-ft wide cyclist/pedestrian trail constructed of fiber-reinforced ready-mix concrete, a new retaining wall under a train overpass, and drainage culverts. One remarkably interesting aspect of this project for our crews was that the entire trail was built inside an abandoned railway right-of-way. Additionally, through clearing and excavation, a historic pedestrian train stop was unearthed. Midwest City historians had previously believed the landmark was destroyed long ago. CHC collaborated with the City, the historians, and the engineer to reroute the trail around this historic landmark and preserve its features. We completed value analysis on the project to be able to complete the reroute within the owner’s budget and schedule constraints.