Earlier today, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and other elected officials took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony that officially opened a three and a half mile extension of the Little Blue Trace Trail in eastern Jackson County.
The extension is a collaborative project between Jackson County and the City of Independence. The project was funded primarily with 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.
“Today’s ribbon cutting is only a beginning,” said County Executive Sanders. “The Little Blue Trace is the spine of what will become a metropolitan wide trails system that is second to none.”
During the ceremony on Friday, Jackson County also announced 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 who participated in today’s ceremony include Jackson County Legislator Crystal Williams, Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo, Independence Mayor Pro Tem Jim Schultz, Independence Councilmember Myron Paris, Missouri State Senator Will Kraus and Missouri State Representative Noel Torpey.