A contractor has been chosen for the Allen Water Station interpretive trail project, the next phase of improvements to the Cottonwood Creek Hike & Bike Trail. Council members voted to award the bid to North Rock Construction, LLC during the council meeting on Jan. 12.
The project will add a destination bridge overlooking Cottonwood Creek, just south of the Old Stone Dam. When completed, hikers can follow a wooded, pebbly-surfaced path from the trail head at Allen Station Park through the ruins of Allen’s historic water station.
New informative panels will draw attention to the old pump facility, water tower piers and stone dam that helped power steam engines along Allen’s interurban train line. It is thought to be the only such dam remaining in the United States.
The project also includes sediment removal, irrigation improvements and restoration work on the dam itself.
Once completed, the City plans to install plaques recognizing the site as a Texas State Antiquities Landmark and a member of the National Register of Historic Places. A state historical marker will also be installed along Exchange Parkway to attract cultural heritage tourists to the new trail.
The $1.2 million project will be funded by Allen’s Community Development Corporation and Collin County grants. Construction is slated to begin in February, with an expected completion date of July 2016.