Jackson County announces the groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the Rock Island Rail Corridor Shared Use Path.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2018
Contact: Marshanna Hester
Jackson County announces groundbreaking ceremony for Rock Island Shared Use Path
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County is pleased to announce the groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the Rock Island Rail Corridor Shared Use Path. Local officials, community members and media are invited to celebrate the beginning of the Corridor’s transformation into a valuable community asset.
What: Rock Island Shared Use Path
Phase One Groundbreaking Ceremony
When: Thursday, March 8 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Charles David Hartman Memorial Park
700 SW Pryor Road
Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
Who: Frank White, Jr. – Jackson County Executive
Theresa Galvin – Jackson County Legislator, 6th District
Mayor Randy Rhoads – City of Lee’s Summit
Daniel Serda – KCATA Board of Commissioners Chairman
The first 6.4 miles of construction of the shared use path will stretch from Jefferson Street, west of MO-291 in Lee’s Summit, to Brickyard Road, south of Blue Parkway in Kansas City. Radmacher Brothers Excavation Company, Inc., contractor for the first phase of the construction, has already begun clearing the corridor of trees and debris. Phase one is expected to be complete later this year.
In addition to a new surface for walking and biking, the construction project will involve the rehabilitation and retrofit of existing rail bridges at 3rd Street, Chipman Road, the Little Blue River, and the old Vale Tunnel below Bannister Road.
The next phase of construction will stretch 6.9 miles from Brickyard Road to the vicinity of the Truman Sports Complex. Work is expected to begin this summer with an anticipated completion date in 2020.
Meanwhile, Jackson County officials are working with their partners in Kansas City, Raytown, Lee’s Summit, Greenwood, Pleasant Hill and Independence to plan and build other trail connections to the Rock Island Corridor, including an eventual connection to the Katy Trail State Park.
Jackson County acquired the 17.7-mile Rock Island Railroad Corridor in May 2016, in partnership with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) to preserve the corridor for future generations. Additional information can be found online at www.rockislandcorridor.org.