Heavin trail closed, undergoing construction today

SAN BENITO — Starting today, a portion of Heavin Resaca Trail will be closed to walkers and runners.

In an effort to keep the city beautiful, city officials plan to upgrade the entire trail this year, making it bigger and better for the community.

“The city will be widening the trail from eight to 10 feet, and make other needed repairs in overlaying the existing asphalt with a new layer,” said Sandee Alvarez, director of community grants and programs.

The stretch of trail closing today is about one block.

It will run from near Zaragosa Street to the Frontage Road near Highway 77-83, said Public Works Director Adan Gonzalez.

The area will be blocked off and trail users are asked to steer clear of the area for safety reasons. Heavy machinery will be positioned near the work area.

The closure is expected to last three days as the repairs progress, pending no weather delays, Gonzalez said.

Upon completion of the initial work, the paving crew will advance incrementally along the length of the entire trail.

To be completed by the city’s in-house paving division, the work is included in a $200,000 grant obtained from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department last year.

The in-kind value of the city’s workers makes up the $50,000 matching portion of the grant.

“This will be a tremendous improvement to the popular trail,” Mayor Celeste Sanchez said.

“We have received overwhelming support and gratitude from our citizens since the walking trail was opened six years ago.”