FBTX – City of Farmers Branch residents and visitors will soon have more transportation options for getting around the city with the advent of the “Westside Art Trail,” a $10.4 million project with construction largely funded by private, county and federal sources.
The 12-foot-wide trail will ultimately wind its way through the new Mercer Crossing development providing a much needed connection from the Campion Trail in Irving to the Farmers Branch DART Light Rail Station area near Interstate 35E and Valley View Lane. With the rapidly growing population west of I-35E between multi-family developments and new single family homes, the new trail will become more valuable in the coming years. This will provide a way to safely walk or bike under I-35E - a key to the Farmers Branch Trail Master Plan’s vision.
“This trail will connect Farmers Branch to the regional network,” said Farmers Branch Special Projects Manager Mitzi Davis. “Plus, it will allow our residents and visitors to safely walk and bike to destinations like the Firehouse Theatre and the Shops at Mustang Crossing, which will feature chef-inspired restaurants and organic grocer, Cox Farms.”
Future plans for the Westside Art Trail include different examples of public art, plus links to both future and existing public art features, like the stained glass water tower and colored hoops. Some sections of the Westside Art Trail have already been constructed through enthusiastic partnerships with private developers.
Additional construction, including the connections to the Campion Trail in Irving and the connection underneath I-35E to the DART Light Rail Station area, will be majority funded by regional and federal grant money. A 2016 allocation of $1.5 million from the City enabled staff to leverage grant funds from other sources including $4.4 million from Dallas County and $4.5 million from federal sources.