City, county strike pact for Oak St. bike path

By KEVIN KNAPEK/Montana State News

The Bozeman City Commission agreed to authorize the city manager to sign an agreement with Gallatin County that would allow the county to act as the lead party in managing the construction of a bike/pedestrian path along the south side of Oak Street. This project will be paid for with Community Transportation Enhancement Program (CTEP) funds.

The City Commission had previously adopted the CTEP prioritized projects with the acceptance of the CTEP Capital Improvement Projects (CIP). The projects that were listed in the CIP included: missing sidewalks, bike/pedestrian facilities and missing accessible curbs. Included in the list of proposed projects was the bike/pedestrian path along Oak Street.

The recommended bike/pedestrian path that will be located on the south side of Oak Street is currently under both Gallatin County and city of Bozeman jurisdiction. Early on in the process it was said that Gallatin County would bundle it with other bike/pedestrian pathways in order to cut costs. The agreement was made in order to delegate the funds to the county under the City’s right of way.

The path will allow bicyclists and pedestrians safe access to the Gallatin County Fairgrounds coming onto the property from Oak Street.

The city’s CTEP fund will cover the $24,415 cost of the project. Additionally, the city of Bozeman will be responsible for covering the $3,083 in matched CTEP funds and indirect county administration fees. All matching funds and the county’s costs have been accounted for in the preliminary budgets when the CTEP funds were originally granted to the city.

– Edited by Cassidy Geoghegan

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