After years of back and forth discussion, San Jose’s City Council recently signed off on a $2.7 million contract to begin work on Three Creeks Trail as soon as April.

When it’s completed, the near-mile trail will provide a paved connection between Los Gatos Creek and Minnesota Avenue in Willow Glen for pedestrians and cyclists. Plans also include the addition of trail gateways, native plantings, and irrigation. Interpretative stations that share information about the history of the area also are planned.

The trail will take advantage of the fact that it runs along a former Union Pacific railroad line by extending the width of pedestrians paths to 60 feet.

One section of the trail that remains up in the air is the bridge that will cross over the creek. An ongoing legal battle between the city and local residents concerns a new $1 million prefabricated steel pedestrian bridge, which would replace the Willow Glen Trestle that already exists.

A big chunk of the trail work will be financed thanks to a $1 million grant by the California Natural Resources Agency and a little over $500,000 in fees collected from developers. If it begins in April, trail construction is expected to be completed by February 2018.