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Highway 71 bicycle/pedestrian bridge grand opening to be June 6

Ceremony corresponds with National Trails Day

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Public Works Department, the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Three Trails Corridor Community Improvement District invite the public to attend the dedication and grand opening of the newest Trails KC facility.

The event, which coincides with National Trails Day, will take place at 9 a.m. on June 6 at the trailhead located at the intersection of 98th Terrace and Parkwood Avenue.

This latest Trails KC facility provides a bicycle and pedestrian bridge that spans U.S. highway 71. This bridge will connect neighborhood trail systems that extend east and west of the highway. From the west, the trail starts at the intersection of 98th Terrace and Parkwood Avenue and continues eastward to Hickman Mills Drive.

The Missouri Department of Transportation built the bicycle and pedestrian bridge as part of the Three Trails Corridor project. The City of Kansas City, Missouri provided Sixth District public improvement funds for the design and construction of the trail segment that extends westward from the bridge.

National Trails Day is a trail awareness program of the American Hiking Society. Set annually for the first Saturday in June, National Trails day inspires the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to seek out trails to discover, learn about and celebrate while participating in educational exhibits, trail dedications and trail work projects.

For more information about the City’s bicycle and pedestrian trail plan, contact Deb Ridgway, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the Public Works Department, (816) 513-2592.

Media inquiries about the City’s Public Works Department should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer for the Public Works Department, (816) 513-2659.

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