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Altoona City Council puts trail expansion feasibility study in 2017 budget

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Altoona (WQOW) - In a 4 to 2 vote, the Altoona City Council approved including a feasibility study for a possible bike trail along Highway KB in the 2017 budget. 

The council included the request to explore expanding its trail system in a motion that set aside $135,000 for an engineering study. The City of Altoona had already planned on looking into restoring Highway KB. The trail portion of the study was estimated to cost about $50,000, and Altoona Outdoors, a non-profit recreational group, said it will reimburse up to $15,000 of that study if certain stipulations are met. The measure will be voted on again when the 2017 budget is discussed. 

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Altoona (WQOW) - The Altoona City Council will discuss completing its trail system Thursday night. 

Altoona Outdoors President Dave Elvig reached out to Altoona Mayor Brendan Pratt to start talking with Pratt and the Altoona City Council about Altoona Outdoors providing financial support to expand the trail along Highway KB. Currently, there are no sidewalks or trails east of Bartlett Ave. and Third Street going towards the new elementary school. News 18 reported in August Altoona residents were concerned about not having safe access to the elementary school along busy Highway KB. 

Altoona School Superintendent Dr. Connie Biedron said the school currently uses buses to get students to and from school safely, but an extended trail would be great for the community. Biedron said it would give some flexibility for community members who want to walk or bike to the school, or for anyone who wants to enjoy the new playground outside of school hours. 

Altoona City Council Member Andrew Schlafer said not only does it provide better access to the school, but it also completes a larger trail network in the Chippewa Valley, improving the lives of residents.

The Altoona City Council will discuss the feasibility of having a trail on Highway KB Thursday at 6 p.m.

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