More miles of trails are on the horizon in Platte County.
The City of Kansas City will expand the city's Missouri Route 152 Trail and Line Creek Trail this summer, using a combination of federal and local funds.
A two-mile missing gap in the Missouri Route 152 Trail between Ambassador Drive and Line Creek Parkway will bid in June.
The trail will travel along the north side of Route 152 between Ambassador Drive and Green Hills Road along the Missouri Department of Transportation right of way and on easements donated by Valley View Bank, North Heartland Community Church, and the Labrunie and Wolfe families.
The trail will cross Route 152 using the existing Green Hills overpass and continue along the south side of the highway to Line Creek Parkway, where it will connect with the Line Creek Trail.
The project is funded by two $500,000 federal grants dedicated for non-motorized transportation facilities and matching funds from the KCI Corridor TIF plan, which use incremental taxes generated from the Ambassador/Route 152 corridor for public street and community improvements.
Platte County has partnered with Kansas City and Riverside on construction of portions of the Line Creek trail. The county is providing $650,000 from its parks and recreation sales tax fund to help connect the trail along Line Creek.
The new trails along Missouri 152 and Line Creek will connect to the existing system of Platte County trails including the Southern Platte Pass along 64th Street and the Missouri Riverfront trail and will give residents another recreational option, county officials have said.
As for Kansas City’s project:
“The Route 152 Trail will connect a lot of second district residents to the I-29 and Route 152 retail hub and ATA bus service and will utilize dedicated park taxes from the KCI Corridor TIF plan to match more than $1 million of federal funds,” said Ed Ford, Kansas City’s second district councilman.
The Kansas City portion of the Line Creek Trail will be completed in its entirety with the completion of a 1.5 mile gap that will bid in July.
The trail will start at the intersection of Line Creek Parkway and Northwest 85th Street and go south on easements donated by the Morgan, Dreiseszun, Labrunie and Danner families to the current end of the trail at Northwest Platte Brooke Drive.
The project will include modifying an existing box culvert underneath Barry Road allowing trail users to safely avoid crossing the high speed traffic on Barry Road. The trail will also be constructed on a quarter mile of the old Kansas City to St. Joseph Interurban Railroad rail bed and follow the abandoned camp ground roads around the historical Drennon Lake.
The project is funded by a $500,000 federal grant dedicated for non-motorized transportation facilities and matching funds from the second council district PIAC funds dedicated for neighborhood improvements.
One easement remains outstanding and construction will begin once the city completes the easement negotiations from one remaining property owner.
“Our commitment to trails that serve both as transportation and recreational needs allowed us to leverage $1.5 million of federal funds and will allow our residents to hike and bike from Riverside all the way to the Zona Rosa area with minimal cost to Kansas City taxpayers,” said Councilman Russ Johnson.
The projects should be complete in early 2014. When completed, the Missouri Route 152 Trail will be more than three miles long. The Line Creek Trail will be more than eight miles long from the Missouri River to Missouri Route 152.
For more information about the Missouri Route 152 Trail or the Line Creek Trail, including maps or media inquiries, contact Wes Minder, project manager for the Line Creek Trail, at 816-513-6977 or via email at email@example.com.