Noble Avenue Connector Trail
BTC, in conjunction with the City, is focused on the construction of the Noble Avenue Connector from Highway 41 south to Skihi Street, a key part of the system originally proposed by the Rotary. Requirements for the trail have been gathered in discussions with the City of Dillon, the Beaverhead Golf Club and other stakeholders and interested parties.
About the project:
Three segments with meandering trails on the North and South ends connected by a short walk/bike lane.
2,200 ft. (.42 mi.) long, 10 ft. wide
Compacted gravel construction
750 ft. of chain link fence on the South end adjoining the golf course
$125,385 estimated engineering and construction cost
Improved safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, safer walkways/bikeways for children to access schools, parks and friends’ houses.
Near completion of a North-South walk/bike friendly route, making a connection between the subdivisions north of Montana Highway 41 and the rest of the town, reducing the feeling of two isolated sections of town.
Better access to Cubs Field, Dan Ibey, Ray Lynch and Chris Kraft Parks
Connection to Parkview Trail and Safe Routes to Schools
Connection with the Laknar Lane, Highwy 41 and Overland trails. The completion of the Noble Avenue Connector Trail would lead to placing a safe crossing on Montana Highway 41, which is nonexistent right now, forcing people to walk an extra mile to access parks that are right in front of them.
A more attractive Noble Avenue streetscape
Addition of another great trail in town, enhancing the quality of life of the community and the attractiveness of the town in general.
Incitation to walk and bike, which is healthier and more environment-friendly.
How can you help?
BTC is applying for a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant put out by Montana State Parks.
An important section of the grant application is about public support. We held a public meeting to receive comments and address questions about the project on September 13th, 2017. The outcome of the meeting was very positive.
To go further, you can help the project by writing a support letter explaining how the project is beneficial for you and your family, how it could improve your life and make you enjoy your living area.
You can address your letter to:
Montana State Trails Advisory Committee
Attention: Michelle McNamee, State Trails Coordinator, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
and send it to email@example.com. Please kindly send your support letter before December 10th, 2018. Make sure to specify your residential address. BTC will not record it for further solicitation. We encourage you to talk to your neighbors and friends about this upcoming project. The more support letters we get, the better we can work to make our community more enjoyable!
Community support is critical. Also, it appears that letters from "Partners" (in this project) and their interest in participating will be more important than ever this year (and we will have volunteering opportunities on this project - so even if you cannot commit actual volunteers yet, If this is a project that you would have the vague idea of participating in, mention it in the letter!
The project have received a few financial support from the LOR foundation, United Way of Beaverhead County and Union Pacific Foundation that were critical to get it through the feasibility study phase and get it shovel ready!
The MT Recreation Trails Program Grant
For more information on the RTP grant, see the FWP RTP Information Page - http://stateparks.mt.gov/recreation/rtpGrants.html
See in particular the "2019 Application Information" section towards the bottom including the guidelines.
Noble Ave Project Description and Design Documents
2018 Fact Sheet (will be updating in the near future)
2017 Feasibility Study
Detailed design completed last summer
Cost Estimates based on the detailed design
2018 RTP Grant Proposal
Noble Ave Project Folder has additional details and links to the grants to date, etc.: