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Construction Begins on Rock Creek Trail

Construction of the Rock Creek Greenway Trail Phase 1 has begun.

In 2015, the City of Gladstone was awarded $450,000 in Federal Transportation Enhancement funding for the construction of the trail.

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The Rock Creek Trail is a 10-foot-wide shared-use concrete trail that will follow Rock Creek for about 1 mile starting at Northeast Brooktree Lane, extending to Northeast 67th Terrace. There it will connect to the previously constructed Missouri Route 1 trail and provide users to Kansas City’s Shoal Creek Trail and the MetroGreen Regional Trail System.

Due to the cost of the phase 1, the original scope of the project was reduced stopping construction at Hidden Hollow park behind the Prospect Plaza Shopping Center.  Gladstone has applied for another transportation grant for phase 2 that will complete the missing link to Missouri Route 1.  Depending on funding, construction of Phase 2 should begin in Federal fiscal year 2020.

The trail will include a new Accessible Pedestrian Signal (APS) and push button system at Northeast 64th Street and a connection to the future bike lanes along 64th Street and the soon-to-be reconstructed Pleasant Valley Road.

Once both phases are complete, users will be able to travel 4 miles from Brooktree Lane to Barry Road, and it will provide a connection to several neighborhoods, the Prospect Plaza Shopping Center and parks including Happy Rock, Hidden Hollow, Sycamore Park, Rock Creek, Big Shoal Historic Area and the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum.

This trail corridor was identified as a top priority in the 2012 Gladstone Parks and Recreation Master Plan, and is supported by Northland Trails and Greenways, the Clay County EDC, Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and the Gladstone Special Roads District.

Jason H. Withington: email: [email protected]; twitter: @JHWKCMO

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