GREAT FALLS – The River’s Edge Trail is one of the busiest places in Great Falls as people use it daily. Some sections will be closed until October and will undergo renovations and upgrades, including the section that stretches from the Central Avenue West Bridge to the crosswalk next to the skate park on River Drive.
The “River Drive North Trail Improvement Project” will begin September 15, 2021 and end October 28, 2021, weather permitting. The project will replace the existing paved trail with a concrete surface from Central Avenue northbound to the crosswalk near the Skate Park on the River’s Edge Trail.
The portion of the River’s Edge Trail within the work area will be closed during construction. In addition, there may be periodic lane closures on River Drive North.
River’s Edge Trail President Bruce Pollington said this project has been on the books for a while and he’s happy it’s finally done so more people can use a newer and improved trail.
“We are replacing some sections of asphalt that are in pretty bad shape. The asphalt has a life of about 20 years and we’re well past that time, so it’s time to make the replacements, ”Pollington said. “It’s next to the freeway and we want to make some improvements at the same time so it will be a really nice upgrade to this section of the trail.”
River’s Edge has over 53 miles of trails and Pollington said funding for the asphalt project came in part from the Missouri Madison River Fund as well as the city and the River’s Edge Trail Foundation.
He says he cannot say at this point what the final cost of the various projects will be due to the number of entities involved, but estimated that another upcoming project on the River Road Viaduct through the Great Falls Tribune will cost at least $ 2.25 million.
“It’s construction, so it’s going to take longer and cost more than you expected,” Pollington said jokingly. “But they shouldn’t take too long. Our goal with one of these projects is not to obstruct traffic on River Drive and we should be able to achieve that. “
“We are so grateful to the community and their support which has made River’s Edge one of the most used and loved public facilities in Great Falls.”
Click here to visit the River’s Edge Trail website.