Houston Public Works is hosting a virtual community meeting before the upcoming start of construction for the MKT Trail Spur Connector, which will fill an 850-foot gap between two popular hike-and-bike trails in the Heights.

The public meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26 and can be accessed online at engagehouston.org/mkttrail. There will be a question-and-answer session after a presentation by the city, which will include project details, tips for preparing for construction and an introduction to the project team.

Teamwork Construction Services has been hired by the city to complete the work, which is expected to cost $1.18 million and take 157 days to complete, with a target completion date of next spring.

As first reported by The Leader in March, the trail connector will be a 10-foot wide reinforced concrete path between the MKT and White Oak Bayou Greenway trails, covering existing green space along the north side of White Oak Bayou.

From downtown, the White Oak Bayou Greenway trail meanders northwest along Interstate 45 and I-10 before proceeding west through Stude Park. The trail ends underneath the bridge on Studemont Street, but the short connector will extend it to the west until it meets the MKT Trail, which runs northwest to southeast in that part of the Heights.

The connector will branch off the MKT Trail just northwest of the pedestrian bridge across the bayou that has been closed since August 2020 because of a fire.

"This project creates safe access and greater connectivity between two of our most popular trails in District C,” Houston City Council member Abbie Kamin said in a September news release about the project. "This is going to be a fantastic addition to our hike-and-bike trails as we enjoy the beautiful spaces of our district and city."

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