BOSSIER CITY — Runners in Bossier City may soon get another quarter mile of riverfront trail.
The City Council is set to hear the final reading of an ordinance to appropriate $240,000 from the sales tax capital improvement fund to build an extension of the Teague Trail.
The walking path currently ends south of the Union Pacific overpass near the DiamondJacks casino site.
Extending the trail would connect it with the remainder of the path, allowing runners to follow the Red River to the Louisiana Boardwalk, city engineer Mark Hudson said.
The ordinance, to be considered at the council’s Sept. 17 meeting, will demonstrate to Union Pacific Railroad, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bossier Levee Board that the city has the money to move forward, Hudson said. The city needed permission from Union Pacific to build under its overpass.
“I’ve been trying to get permission to extend this trail since 2008,” Hudson said. “I’d just about given up on it. Then about a month ago, the agreement showed up on my desk.”
The Red River Water District will reimburse the city $200,000 for the project, Hudson said.