Construction of next
Virginia Corridor segment begins
activity on the dirt part of the Virginia Corridor between Bowen and
Woodrow avenues, and we're not talking about city street sweepers
half-mile stretch is now cordoned off with portable chain link fencing,
and it appears construction on a new paved portion will begin shortly.
Modesto Bee in July 2013 reported that the city was expected inAaugust to
put out bids for construction of the next extension.
Construction was expected to start in October 2013, according to the Bee, but it's quite apparent that didn't happen.
cost was reported to be about $3 million for pavement, landscaping,
lighting and benches. That comes out to about $6 million per mile.
$3 million comes from grants the city received. Eventually the city
hopes to extend the corridor north to Bangs Avenue, which the Bee
reported would cost about $6 million and include a bridge over
But based on the $3
million for just one-half mile without a bridge, that $6 million may be
overly optimistic. There is no timetable for completion of the trail.
Even if there were, the city doesn't seem to adhere to any timetable.
When competed, the Virginia Corridor will span 4.2 miles from College Avnue south of Stoddard Avenue to Bangs.
hope that the same contractor that built the new arm of the Leaking
Lena Bay Bridge isn't working on the corridor extension.
Running names Modesto's
Jon Olsen #2 ultra runner of 2013
capped off a stellar year by being named Ultra Running magazine's #2 runner
of the year.
led the U.S. ultra-running team to a gold medal in the World 24-hour
Champions in Netherlands earlier this year. At the same time, he took
individual gold in the event with a distance of 167.568 miles.
on he set an American record for 100 miles on a track, becoming the
first American to crack the 12-hour barrier. Olsen ran 11:59:28.
record stood only a few months before it was broken by Zach Bitter..
capped off 2013 by running the 48-hour Aravaipa Running Across the
Years, placing second with 200.51 miles. That was after taking 13 hours
off to collect himself.
to Jon Olsen for recognition well deserved.
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