Damaged trail will cost Ridge to Rivers $15k to repair

March 31, 2014 

People walking on muddy trails like this one at Military Reserve has caused the need for a major overhaul project on Bucktail Trail.

ROGER PHILLIPS

— Damaged tread on 1.3-mile Bucktail Trail (No. 20A), a popular running, hiking and biking trail in Military Reserve, will be repaired in April and cost $15,000, Boise Parks and Recreation said Monday, March 31. “The trail has become cupped up to 8 inches deep, making for uncomfortable ankle-twisting walking and running,” said Ridge to Rivers Manager David Gordon. “We’ve been slowly working on this problem for the past few years, but we are fortunate to have city funds available to complete all the necessary locations this year.”

The problem was caused by repeated use when the trail was wet, and also natural erosion from freezing and thawing, officials said.

Repair work is planned to begin Monday, April 7 and completed by April 18. The trail will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday while repairs take place. Work is weather dependent. The trail will remain open outside working hours and during the weekend. Temporary signs will be posted with project locations. Updates will be provided regularly on the Ridge to Rivers homepage at ridgetorivers.org and on the Boise Foothills Trail Conditions Facebook page. Long sections of “cupped” trail tread will be filled – first with rock and then topped with soil, Gordon said. The goal of the $15,000 project is to bring the trail tread back to its original level and provide a better surface for feet and tires.

For more information, please see www.ridgetorivers.org or call Ridge to Rivers at 493-2537 or 493-2531.

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