Katy Trail construction on the horizon in Denison

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - Denison City Council approved the final, $221,000 payment Monday for a new trail connecting Denison and Sherman.

The City of Denison will pay their final invoice to TxDOT for Phase 1 of the Katy Trail project, which will start along Day Street, and the idea of having a new place to exercise has these dog owners excited.

"A place where you can walk around and not be bothered. Just a good place to take your dog on a walk," said Lexi Young.

"I like to get out with my dog, I'm a nature person. I think it will be a really good idea to just have the trail," said Breanna Hughes.

When an abandoned railroad was purchased by Denison in 2015, Kimberly Bowen with Parks and Recreation says the original idea was for the city to cover the whole project from the start of the trail on Day Street all the way to Sherman.

But they found out that was too much money.

"After consulting with TxDOT to see what would improve our chances of getting the award, we determined we needed to break that down into phases," said Bowen.

In 2017, the city council agreed to be a part of an 80/20 program, where the city would match 20% of the funds TxDOT is giving the city for the project.

The money covers phase one of the project, including a 12-foot wide concrete trail, areas with benches, water fountains and bike racks.

"By us being able to come in to develop that abandoned railroad right of way, we're now opening that connectivity to the community where they can explore that natural beauty," said Bowen.

Bowen says construction on the trail is expected to start in December.

"I think it will give people more opportunity to get out as well. Just get out and do things, so yeah I'm excited," said Hughes.