Frisco Trail flood damage repair work complete near Center Street

Gabion baskets filled with native brown sandstone were used along the east edge of Tanglewood Branch to establish a solid base to reconstruct the hillside below Frisco Trail.

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

Repairs to a heavily damaged section of Frisco Trail are complete just south of the Center Street trail crossing.

Last year’s heavy floods caused a large portion of the streamside slope leading up to the trail to be washed away taking several pieces of the path’s asphalt with it.

Cyclists and joggers were forced to use a temporary, gravel detour path during construction, but the fully-repaired paved trail was reopened Thursday evening.

The project included construction of gabion baskets with native brown sandstone along the east edge of the creek to establish a solid base to reconstruct the hillside above. A new retaining wall was then be constructed above the new structural hillside and a new asphalt trail was built above the wall. A new drainage swale and storm drainage inlet was also installed on the east side of the trail to prevent the water from crossing the trail and wall.

According to a city officials, FEMA will reimburse the city with 75 percent of eligible expenses. The Arkansas Department of Energy Management will then reimburse another 12.5 percent.

Before the repair

After the repair