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Brownsville Celebrates Extension of Palo Alto Battlefield Trail toward Los Fresnos

Feature Photo (above): One of the existing trails in the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park. Image: Google Streets.

Posted: 1-29-2020

by Adolfo Pesquera

Brownsville (Cameron County) — City officials joined together with the National Park Service an regional partners to celebrate today’s groundbreaking of the 1.8-mile Battlefield Trail Extension–the first phase of a plan to connect Brownsville with Los Fresnos by trail.

Located on the grounds of the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, the extension of the north end of the U.S. Line Trail was funded with a $2 million grant from the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation to jumpstart Cameron County’s efforts to create new opportunities for physical activity in an area facing significant rates of chronic disease and poverty.

On Jan. 21, the Brownsville City Commission award a $1,027,152 contract to SAMES Inc., a McAllen-based engineering, surveying and construction firm for construction of the Battlefield Extension Project. SAMES submitted the lowest bid-with-alternate of five that were opened in December.

  • SAMES: $1,027,152
  • NM Contractors: $1,028,396
  • Westar Construction Inc.: $1.054,900
  • G&G Contractors: $1,073,045
  • ZIWA: $1,087,787

The project tasks include site work, construction of a 10-foot wide concrete sidewalk, a 10-foot wide composite boardwalk (the alternate), a 20-foot wide double leaf barrier gate, a 40-foot wide double leaf barrier gate, concrete driveway, handrails, trail signage, regrade of a roadside ditch, fencing, traffic control and a storm water pollution prevention plan.

The project celebrated today will extend a trail within the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park north by 1.8 miles in the direction of Los Fresnos. Image: Google Maps.

The scope of work was developed in collaboration with the National Park Service. This extension is the first of six Caracara Trails projects coming to Cameron County. The construction of the county’s Caracara Trails–a 428-mile network upon completion–is projected to deliver a total economic impact of more than $173 million, much of that in the form of annual health care cost savings.

Dr. Rose M. Z. Gowen, a Brownsville city commissioner and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy board member, said, “The Caracara Trails vision is already bringing new investment to Cameron County in the form of federal and private grants. Already, you can see families and friends out on the trails, having fun while building new routines in their lives around physical activity. Soon, we will connect Brownsville to Los Fresnos by trail, beginning with this trail extension.”

Other recently funded sections of the network include the Brownsville to Los Fresnos Connect, a 2.5-mil trail project funded by a federal Transportation Alternatives grant; the 1.1-mile Los Fresnos Hike and Bike Trail, funded by the VB Legacy Foundation and by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department grants on Laguna Vista property; and the Arturo Galvan Coastal Park, funded by the VB Legacy Foundation and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department grants.

An early 19th century cannon at Palo Alto Battlefield. Image: Google Streets.


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About the Author:

Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.

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