Under Construction Trails
Southmost Nature Trail
The Southmost Nature Trail, once completed, will be a 7-mile trail connecting the existing Historic Battlefield Trail (near McKintosh St.) to the deep Southmost Area (near Monsees Rd.). This four phase project is funded by a Community Development Block Grant, Brownsville Metropolitan Planning Organization Category 7 funds, and the City of Brownsville. Phase I, a 1.8 mile section from International Blvd. to Southmost Blvd., is currently under construction and has an estimated completion date of December 2015. Once all phases are completed, the Southmost Nature Trail will provide a safe route for pedestrians and cyclists to reach destinations such as nine elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools, Morningside Park, and the Southmost Public Library.
The Belden Trail Extension project will connect the existing Belden Trail from Prax Orive Jr. /Sunrise Park to the bike lane on E. 6th Street. This project is still in the design phase, but has been funded through the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation. As of now, part of the extension, from the Easement behind Palm Village to Old Alice Road, will continue to be an off-road route. From Old Alice Road to E. 6th Street, the route will be on or adjacent to the street. This extension will allow trail users from West Brownsville to connect to the Historic Battlefield Trail and the Fort Brown Connection.
Fort Brown Connection
he Fort Brown Connection, awarded by a TxDOT Transportation Enhancement grant, is currently in the design phase. This 2.75 miles of bicycle and pedestrian facilities will connect the existing Historic Battlefield Trail to a National Historic Landmark, the Fort Brown Battlefield Site. The project will create 5 foot bicycle lanes and replace non-ADA compliant sidewalks with ADA compliant sidewalks and curb ramps. Nearby destinations include: Linear Park, Federal Courthouse, Cameron County Courthouse, the Brownsville Herald, Pacheco Building, Dancy Building, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Market Square, La Plaza at Brownsville Terminal, Texas Southmost College, the International Bridge, and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – among many others.
Champion to Perkins Greenway
This project is a 1.5 mile route located in District 2, a heavily residential area. Once completed, the greenway will connect Champion Elementary School to Perkins Middle School and Portway Acres Park. Phase I is currently being designed with Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation funds. Funds for the design of Phase II and the construction funds have not yet been determined.