"The primary issue [for the trail] is how much soil has to be brought in to deal with the contamination on the back end of the site."
Previous soil tests have shown several pockets of soil, mainly nearly the railroad tracks at the rear, are contaminated with hydrocarbons that may have leaked from the tracks. Rather than remove or neutralize the soil, engineers plan to cover it up, Edwards said.
"We've talked with the city manager and the city engineer," he said. "The city may be able to supply soil and labor. That will reduce our cash contribution."
The running path could be built in a month or two, Edwards estimated. "It's going to be a real fine gravel, not concrete or blacktop. They lay a metal edge on both sides and backfill with gravel. It's not very time-consuming.
If CURA board members agree to build the path, the contractors will also install a visual barrier along the railroad tracks.
"The area between the path and the railroad will be bermed and planted with trees."
The remaining open space will be drained, graded and landscaped, Edwards said.
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