A bid for the development of the new downtown walking trail has been awarded, and work is expected to begin soon, according to Renaissance On Main officials.

Hil Don, Inc. of Burkesville submitted a bid of $84,000, beating out two other companies — Scott Murphy, $100,935 and Mick-Murf Construction, $98,597.57.

“I was very excited we got three bids,” Rhonda Trautman, director of Glasgow’s Renaissance on Main program.

Bids for the project were opened last week and announced during Monday night’s City Council meeting.

The idea for the walking trail began in the fall of 2002.

The purpose of the project is to “physically link a lot of our downtown historical properties,” she said, such as Glasgow’s Public Square, the Liberty Street Campus, the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery, the Big Spring area and the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center.

Kiosks including historical information about each will be placed along the trail, as well as park benches.

The trail, which will be about 2.7 miles, will also feature greenscapes, designated parking and decorative lighting.

A town clock will be placed in front of City Hall and will be part of the Public Square’s kiosk, Trautman said.

The city received a $100,000 federal grant in August 2003, plus a $6,000 Kentucky Department of Forestry grant in 2004 to help with the cost of the project.

Money from the forestry grant will be used to cover the cost of several improvements at the cemetery, including the pruning of trees, gravestone improvements and the information kiosk, which will also feature a relief map of family burial plots.

The city will be required to match the forestry grant, which can be done via in-kind donations.

The design for the walking trail was created by Troy Brown with Sitebrown, LLC, a Bowling Green-based architectural firm.

How soon work will begin on the project, Trautman said, will depend on the weather.

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