Ribbon Cutting for Little Blue Trace
Extension Scheduled for Friday 

June 2, 2011 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and other elected officials will take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony that will officially open a three and a half mile extension of the Little Blue Trace Trail in eastern Jackson County. The ceremony will take place on Friday, June 3, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. directly behind the Hilton Garden Inn in Independence, Missouri (19677 East Jackson Drive).

The extension is a collaborative project between Jackson County and the City of Independence. The project was funded primarily through transportation enhancement funds through the Missouri Department of Transportation. The total length of the trail is now nearly 15 miles. 

The Jackson County portion of the project extends the trail 2.5 miles. This takes the trail from U.S. Highway 40 and under I-470, allowing trail users and residential communities to the west of I-470 the opportunity to ride or walk to offices, shops and restaurants located east of I-470. The portion of the project completed by the City of Independence will extend the trail under I-70 and one mile west, just past U.S. Highway 40. 

In addition to the extension, Jackson County Parks & Recreation has added new amenities along the entire 15 mile trail including benches, picnic tables, mileage markers and renovated shelters.

During the ceremony on Friday, Jackson County will also announce a new partnership with the City of Kansas City, Missouri which will lead to a one-mile extension of the Little Blue Trace into the city limits of Kansas City.

Other elected officials expected to participate in the ceremony include Independence Mayor Don Reimal, Independence Councilman Myron Paris and Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo.


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