Longview nears completion of multi-purpose Guthrie Trail project

Longview nears completion of multi-purpose Guthrie Trail project
Published: Aug. 24, 2022 at 11:42 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2022 at 8:30 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - It had its beginnings in the early 1980s and is nearly ready to open. The Longview trail system now has its three main paths connected. And a completion of some dirt work and a bridge is the only thing holding back an official opening.

The trail snakes through Longview like a gigantic backwards “N” and according to Longview Parks Director Scott Caron is now a combination of concrete and asphalt.

“We’ve actually finished all of the trail section all the way from Highway 80 at the trailhead at Boorman, all the way connecting to Guthrie Trail,” Caron said.

Caron says this part of the project has had delays from weather and inconsistencies in the dirt.

“If you don’t have a good base then your surface is going to crack and fall apart and then you don’t really have a surface. So, we had to do a lot of surface preparation with the subsurface; upgrade to be able to make sure that it would withstand everything,” Caron said.

Recent rain has washed mud onto the path next to the McCann Road overpass so the slope will be secured.

“We may do some sodding in certain areas but mainly it’ll just get some grass seed that we’ll put out on it to stabilize everything,” Caron said.

Caron says it wasn’t all funded by taxpayers.

“TXDOT providing a grant for this section, as well as LEDCO provided the funding for phases one, two and three,” Caron said.

Caron says it’s an unusually long continuous path for a city the size of Longview, and there are some benefits along the way.

“It’s great to see a number of people are interested in connecting to it whether it’s neighborhoods or private development. Being close to a trail is a good thing for residents and businesses,” Caron said.

For others the trail is a destination that keeps them moving.

“The end product is going to be something that everybody can be very proud of and use for a very, very long time,” Caron said.

Just keep in mind that if you take the whole path, it’s ten miles back to the car.

Caron says total cost of the project was about 7 million dollars and should be officially open to the public in a couple months, depending on weather.