Trail Construction Cost Realities

A PTBA Technical Track Presentation

In this session learn about a simple, cost estimating tool and key factors associated with trail construction costs.

by Margie Tatro, Chief Enthusiast, Reineke Construction

One of the most challenging elements of trail planning is budgeting. Understanding the factors associated with trail construction cost estimates will help a wide spectrum of trail community members. This session will deliver a simple, cost estimating tool and provide a list of the key factors associated with trail construction costs. Issues such as the true costs, risks, and opportunities of volunteer labor; overhead costs such as equipment maintenance; and comparisons of hand-built and machine-built construction methods will be covered.

This session is appropriate for recreation planners, land managers, trail advocates, policy makers, designers, and architects. Trail service providers are also welcome.

Learning objectives:
  • Understand the basic factors associated with trail construction cost estimates.
  • Identify the risks and uncertainties in cost estimating.
  • Learn one methodology for systematically categorizing trail construction cost elements.

About the Author

Ms. Tatro combines executive leadership and management, communications expertise, and engineering skills along with a passion for trails and the outdoors. She has 17 years of experience in designing and building trails and other outdoor recreation related facilities, 27 years of energy research and development leadership credentials, an advanced engineering degree, and national speaking expertise. She has served on the board of directors of the Professional Trail Builders Association and has developed and delivered trail-related training programs for volunteers, clients, land managers, and trail colleagues. Margie is a native New Mexican. View more of Margie’s resume here which includes additional experience, professional activities, professional awards and service, and education.

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