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Monday, May 11, 2009

Trail Ribbon Cutting Tomorrow

Come to the Mountain West Bank parking lot at the corner of Ramsey and Kathleen at noon tomorrow, May 12th, to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the Kathleen Connector path.

Why is it important? After the Prairie Trail was paved, the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation noticed that for a distance of .25 miles between Ramsey and the Prairie Trail, there was no trail or sidewalk along Kathleen. It was a critical gap that was used by many kids going to and from Woodlands Middle School, Holy Family School, Ramsey Elementary School, and even the Charter Academy.

The North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation put together a partnership of people and agencies to get the gap paved. The city provided the right-of-way. The Engineering Department provided engineering support. The Streets Department did the prep and paving work. The Parks Department provided approximately $3,500, signs, and supervision. The NICTF provided $2,500 and solicited other contributions. Greenstone Corporation contributed $2,500. Mountain West Bank contributed $500. Poe Asphalt discounted the cost of the asphalt for a savings of $863. MDM Construction donated the crushed-rock base material, which was worth approximately $1,000. Due to the generous contributions, the total price of construction was approximately 50% of the cost of a similar project.

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