Modesto's Virginia Corridor trail could expand

kvaline@modbee.comJuly 17, 2013 

DN Virginia Corridor extension

The Oroco family, Inez and Letcia and their children, Ansela, 10, Ariana 8, and Emilino, 5, enjoy cycling on the Virginia Corridor (7-16-13) near Bowen Ave.

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The city has good news for those who walk, jog and bicycle along the Virginia Corridor, the paved trail that stretches for about two miles from College Avenue near Modesto Junior College to Bowen Avenue.

City officials expect to solicit bids in August for the trail's next phase, which would take the trail from Bowen to Woodrow Avenue for a total distance of about three miles. Construction could start in mid- to late October, with the work being completed within a few months, said Loren Holt, the city's acting division manager for park planning and development.

The work is expected to cost about $3 million and includes landscaping, benches and lighting.

Holt said the city has used grant money to build the trail, which runs along the abandoned Tidewater Southern branch line of the Union Pacific railroad. He said Modesto is using federal grant money to build the latest phase. The city also has received help from local service clubs and others with the trail.

A longer trail is good news for the Orozco family.

Leticia and Inez Orozco and their three kids ride their bikes along the Virginia Corridor about once a week. They say it's a great way to enjoy the outdoors while spending time together.

"It's great," Leticia Orozco said about the trail's next phase.

Modesto has plans to extend the trail as far north as Bangs Avenue, for a total distance of 4.2 miles. That work would include building a pedestrian bridge over Standiford Avenue. Holt estimates the cost of finishing the trail at $6 million.

But he said there is no timetable for the trail's completion because the city has not secured the grant funding.

Bee staff writer Kevin Valine can be reached at kvaline@modbee.com or (209) 578-2316.

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