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Line Creek Trail extension nears completion

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Second District Councilman Russ Johnson and Second District at Large Councilman Ed Ford have announced that construction is progressing ahead of schedule on Phase 3 of Line Creek Trail.

This current phase of construction connects the trail from Northwest 64th Street to the Line Creek Community Center at 5940 Northwest Waukomis Drive. Weather permitting, a pre-manufactured bridge will be installed as a part of this phase Tuesday, Oct. 18 and Wednesday, Oct. 19. For the next two weeks, crews will pave the trail and complete the final grading and seeding of the area along the trail. When finished, the trail will open for public use.

“This is a small part of a much larger successful trail system that will eventually link the Northland to the rest of the City and the metropolitan area,” said Councilman Ford.

The trail is constructed on top of an abandoned road on the west side of Line Creek. This road used to connect Englewood Road to Northwest 68th Street when the Kansas City to St. Joseph Interurban Railroad operated where present day Northwest Waukomis Drive is today. The road was abandoned when the state of Missouri turned the railroad into Missouri Route AA, which is now called Northwest Waukomis Drive.

“This stretch of trail is one of most scenic in the City,” said Councilman Johnson. “Trail users will enjoy the beauty of the terrain, the creek and waterfall, and perhaps most of all, the connectivity this trail provides.”

Implementation of the Line Creek Trail started in 2009 with a one-mile segment from Northwest 68th Street north to Platte Brooke Drive. A two-thirds mile extension from Northwest 68th Street to Northwest 64th Street and a one mile segment of the Southern Platte Pass (formerly Route 45 Trail) were opened in 2010. The current project under construction will add another two-thirds of a mile to the trail, bringing the total length of the Line Creek Trail to just over two and one-quarter miles. When complete, the Line Creek Trail will be more than eight miles long from the Missouri River to Missouri Route 152.

Residents can access the trail from a trailhead located at 3313 NW 68th St. and from the Line Creek Ice Arena at 5940 NW Waukomis Drive when Phase 3 is complete. The trailhead also has a bicycle station where minor repairs and air for tires is available to cyclists.

For more information, please contact Meg Conger, legislative aide to Councilman Russ Johnson, at 816-513-6509.


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