Katy Trail Gets a Face-Lift For Its 12th Anniversary

Change is coming to the popular running and biking path

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    This weekend marks the 12th anniversary of Dallas’ popular Katy Trail, and if you've been anywhere near the 3.5 mile trail lately, then you've probably noticed the bulldozers and cranes. 

    “Anything to make it better is great,” said Hallye Hall, who lives along the Uptown Dallas trail.

    For the next few months, she and other exercise enthusiasts will have to navigate through a stretch of construction barriers and cones.

    ”If you come out during a busy time of day, it’s pretty cumbersome going through there,” runner Sam Thompson said.

    A narrow asphalt trail has been constructed between Lemmon Avenue and Hall Street to allow runners and bikers to get around the construction zone. It is a temporary fix while crews give the trail a $1.8 million makeover.

    Changes include a new plaza overlooking Lee Park and two new entrances to the trail, one at Armstrong Avenue and the other at Hall Street.

    The work is well under way.

    ”It's sort of an eyesore -- a little distracting,” jogger Becky Andrews said.

    But as they say with exercise: No pain, no gain.

    “I’m sure it will be well worth it,” Thompson said.

    The construction is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving and is being funded by private donations.