HOUSTON Houston Mayor Annise Parker met with members of the Army Corps of Engineers Friday to formalize plans for a new hike-and-bike trail along Sims Bayou.

The 14-mile route will connect up to seven city parks in southeast Houston and will stretch from I-45 to Croquett street.

This is an important project in our effort to fill gaps in our hike and bike trail system, Mayor Parker said via a news release. My goal is for cyclists to start at one point and be able to ride all the way to the other side of the city on bikeways. The Bayou Greenways initiative approved by voters last year envisions our bayous serving dual purposes of essential flood control as well as traffic free paths in extended green settings. With this project, Sims Bayou will remain an important component of our drainage system, but it will also be enjoyed on a daily basis by many Houstonians.

The project will cost about $7 million, the majority of which will be covered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Construction is scheduled to begin in a couple of months and should be completed by the fall of 2015.

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