Wednesday, May 14, 2008

More Work on the Indian Creek Trail

Forgot to mention this morning that it looks like they're making good on their promise to close part of the Indian Creek Trail around I-435 between Roe and Mission. I passed and ignored a "Trail Closed" sign when I swung to the east at Suburban Lawn & Garden and it looks like the section running under 435 will be under construction soon.

Last August I got a note from the Overland Park Manager of Parks and Forestry that said:

"In 2008, we may have a closure/detour of the Indian Creek trail in our Foxhill South & North park areas. This is the stretch between Mission and Roe. There is a major flood control and bridge construction project planned for this area. No timeline has been created but it will likely occur in mid 2008 and continue into 2009. The last time we had to close this stretch, we detoured users over I-435 via the pedestrian bridge that parallels the Roe street bridge."

The sidewalk on the east side of Roe does look like the only option; it runs over 435 (separated from the traffic) and hooks up with 109th street, which, going east, meets back up with the trail at Foxhill South Park. The downside is you'll be riding on a sidewalk and will have to cross 4 lanes of traffic on the off ramp.

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I wonder if this is possibly related to the tax incentives the Overland Park City Council approved on Monday...

"The council formed Transportation Development Districts, or TDDs, for the projects that are planned north of I-435 between Mission Road and Nall Avenue. Retailers in the districts will charge an additional 1 percent sales tax on purchases, with the proceeds used to pay for public and private infrastructure related to the developments. The revenue will fund a $2 million bridge over Indian Creek and a $3 million flood control project along Indian Creek."

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