FERRIS – The Texas Transportation Commission and the Texas Department of Transportation announced the selection of the Ferris Yellowjacket Multi-Use Trail for the Transportation Enhancement Program funding.

Economic Development and Main Street Director Chuck Dart said the purpose of the proposed multi-use Yellowjacket Trail is to connect the Ferris Independent School District secondary schools with the greater community.

“In the process, it will provide safe pedestrian and bike passage to and from the school,” Dart said.

Mayor Bill Pardue said the proposed trail would parallel Farm-toMarket Road 660 which, regrettably, has also served as a pedestrian walkway.

“It is quite fortunate that a student (pedestrian) accident has not occurred to date,” Pardue said. “Especially since traffic and enrollment has increased.”    The trail will extend from Ferris Junior High School to Interstate 45 on the south side of the roadway.

Dart said the Yellowjacket Trail will give staff and student populations an option to bike to and from school.

Both the city of Ferris and the FISD encourage all students, staff and citizens to remain safe in order to maintain a healthier lifestyle.

The project’s estimated cost is $510,000, of which $408,000 will be provided in federal funds. The remaining matching funds will be borne by the city of Ferris and construction is projected to occur in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

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