HOUSTON -

Nearly 14 miles of hiking and biking trails are coming to Sims Bayou.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced the agreement for the construction along the bayou from Interstate 45 to Croquett Street.

This new off-street bikeway will connect up to seven city parks within southeast Houston including Reveille Park, Stuart Park, Law Park, Sims Bayou Park, the County’s Hill at Sims Park, Scottcrest Park, and Townwood Park.

“This is an important project in our effort to fill gaps in our hike and bike trail system,” said Mayor Parker. “My goal is for cyclists to start at one point and be able to ride all the way to the other side of the city on bikeways. The Bayou Greenways initiative approved by voters last year envisions our bayous serving dual purposes of essential flood control as well as traffic free paths in extended green settings. With this project, Sims Bayou will remain an important component of our drainage system, but it will also be enjoyed on a daily basis by many Houstonians.”

The project will cost about $7 million. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will cover the majority of the cost.

Work is scheduled to begin November or December 2013 and be completed by fall 2015. Construction will take place in five phases. The first phase will be from I-45 to Stuart Park.