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UTTC bike path/walking trail to be funded
30 July 2009

BISMARCK (UTN) - A project to construct a bike path and walking trail at United Tribes Technical College has received approval from the North Dakota Department of Transportation. The college was awarded $175,000 in Transportation Enhancement (TE) program funds, according to Governor John Hoeven.

      The UTTC project will be an approximate 1.6 mile, shared-use path around the perimeter of the existing campus south of the Bismarck airport.

Members of a North Dakota Forest Service fire crew cleared brush along the route of the UTTC trail. NDFS photo

      “This project will be a valuable addition to Burleigh County and to UTTC,” wrote Hoeven in a letter to the Burleigh County Commission, a sponsor of the project. “It will provide a campus connection to and from the existing shared-use path along ND 1804.”

      The 10-foot-wide trail will tie into the area’s existing recreational path and trail system at two locations: off University Drive near the campus main entrance and just south of Burleigh Avenue by way of a tunnel under University Drive.

      The project represents an invitation for visitors to come onto the campus, where the main buildings were constructed over 100 years ago as a military post. Near the trail are an American Indian medicine wheel, the college’s art gallery, and an 18-hole disc golf course.

      The project received some help with pre-construction site preparation from a group of seasonal firefighters of the North Dakota Forest Service. Two-dozen members of a fire crew cleared brush in June as part of their annual training and orientation.

      “We really appreciated the work they did,” said Russell Swagger, the college’s Vice President of Student and Campus Services. “It was in and around a shelterbelt on the college perimeter. And it helped us get things ready for construction.”

      The TE funding will be used to pay for paving. Construction is expected during the 2010 construction season.