Grant sought for new Mulvey Pond bridge

Wider concrete trail, dam erosion control also proposed

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The City of Yukon is seeking a federal grant to replace an asphalt walking trail with a new 30-foot-long concrete and steel bridge at Mulvey Pond in Yukon City Park. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer

A federal grant is being sought to replace a bridge and rehabilitate a trail at Mulvey Pond in Yukon City Park.

The City of Yukon is seeking $240,000 through the 2020 Recreation Trails Program (RTP) to construct a 30-foot long, 12-foot wide concrete and steel bridge to replace an existing bridge.

The estimated project cost is $317,000, but the grant funding through the National Parks Service is capped at $240,000.

The City of Yukon proposes to provide matching funds totaling $187,200. This would cover $77,000 toward the cost of the Mulvey Pond bridge, plus two bid alternates:

  • An estimated $97,000 to replace an asphalt walking trail across the dam with a new 12-foot wide, 495-foot long concrete trail.
  • An estimated $13,200 to provide erosion control with 350 feet of rip rap along the north bank of the pond.

Total proposed project budget is $427,200.

The Yukon City Council approved a resolution to submit the grant application at its Jan. 19th meeting.

This RTP grant is provided through the Federal Highway Administration Service and administered by the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department.

The program promotes development of outdoor recreation areas.

“The intent of the RTP is for funds to be used on recreational trails and trail-related projects,” Yukon Development Services Director Mitchell Hort and grant writer Claudia Krshka wrote in a Jan. 19th city council memo.

The proposal must be submitted by Jan. 31; the project must start within one year and be completed within two years.

“This is a reimbursement grant, up to 80% of the project cost,” according to Hort’s and Krshka’s memo. “The City’s portion can be met with cash or in-kind contributions.”

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SHINING SOME LIGHT

In other business at its Jan. 19th meeting, the Yukon City Council approved paying $35,373 to Musco Sports Lighting to install a baseball field pole and lighting fixture on field three at Yukon City Council.

The Yukon Athletic Association will reimburse the cost of the new field lighting pole and light-structure system.

“This is to increase the lighting for visual and safety reasons,” Yukon Parks & Recreation Director Jan Scott wrote in a Jan. 11th memo to City Manager Jim Crosby.

“There are dark spots on field three, which can cause a player to lose sight of the fly balls.”