The two blocks between Blue Ridge Middle School and South Maple Avenue along A Street in Purcellville should see the construction of a trail in the later half of 2018.
The Town Council last week discussed the project in greater detail, as the staff prepares to award a nearly $100,000 contract to the Clark Nexsen engineering firm to design the 0.2-mile trail.
Currently, a narrow path connects Maple Avenue with Elliot Drive, followed by a rock-filled drainage ditch between there and the school.
The county government last year approved $875,000 for the project, which has since been added to the town’s Capital Improvement Program for the current fiscal year. Town staff members estimate the trail’s construction to cost about $775,000.
Interim Public Works Director Dale Lehnig said the staff anticipates the preliminary design to be done by April and the final design to be done in late summer.
If the design phase stays on schedule, the town expects to advertise for construction bids before fall.