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Casper City Council authorize $319K agreement to expand Morad trail to west side Walmart

The new trail will connect Morad Park to the west side Walmart. (Screenshot from Google Street View)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper City Council authorized a $318,922.29 agreement between the city and Knife River during their Tuesday, May 4 meeting.

The agreement is for a trail project to connect Morad Park with the west side Walmart. Casper has been awarded a Transportation Alternative Program grant from the Wyoming Department of Transportation for the project.

TAP funds will cover 80% of the cost of the project with the City of Casper providing a 20% local match to cover the remaining cost. In addition to the ~$319,000 project cost, the council approved a $20,000 contingency fund in case the project sees cost overages.

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The project will include constructing a new “multi-use detached concrete pathway” connecting Morad Park to the Walmart area.

“The Morad Park to Walmart Trail will provide a safe and separate route for non-drivers that connects the Platte River Trail to the Mountain View Shopping Center and surrounding neighborhoods,” city staff explain in a memo in the council’s work packet.

Work is expected to be complete by Aug. 13 of this year.

Funding for the project will include:

  • WYDOT TAP grant funding: $160,762.34
  • Optional One Cent #15 funds allocated to the Platte River Trails Trust: $40,190.59
  • Optional One Cent #16 funds allocated to the Platte River Trails Trust: $102,969.36
  • Platte River Trail Trust private donation: $35,000

Bids received for the project are explained by city staff as follows:

WYDOT disqualified the two lowest bidders because they did not meet federal requirements for Disadvantage Business Enterprise quotes for subcontracting, according to city staff.