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, founder/co-owner, 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

Margie Tatro is a degreed engineer and founder/co-owner of Reineke Construction. The firm, headquartered in central New Mexico, has been in the trail and outdoor construction business since 2006. Margie is has served as a member of the board of directors for the Professional Trail Builders Association. In addition to her trail industry experience with Reineke Construction, she has over 25 years of experience in leading research efforts and managing budgets of over $150 million annually. Mark Reineke (co-developer of the webinar material) is a registered professional engineer, has held contractor’s licenses continually for over 32 years, and has over 26 years of construction project management experience.

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