Residents are excited about the prospect of a new shared use path along the west side of Old State Road, between Nantucket Island Drive to Old State Place.
At its Aug. 10 meeting, the City Council gave approval to the Public Works Department to submit an application with the East-West Gateway Council of Governments and the Missouri Department of Transportation for federal funding.
The cost estimate for the proposed project is $1.4 million, which includes engineering, easement acquisition and construction, said Rick Brown, director of public works. The city’s match would be 20% or $280,000.
The proposed 10-foot trail would benefit residents by providing a safe pedestrian and bike facility along Old State Road, Brown said. It would provide connections to the residential subdivisions located along the east side of Old State Road by installing crosswalks connections at Lake Country Lane and Lakeshore Meadows Drive.
The project also proposes a connection to Waterfront Way and would connect two elementary schools with pedestrian improvements, Brown said.
Council member Joe Garritano (Ward 8) said the city has been successful in seeking past funding under the Transportation Alternatives Funding Program (TAP), especially with projects that support a transportation alternative and promote trails.
Council member Crystal McCune (Ward 7) reiterated how important it is to have this opportunity in Wards 7 and 8.
“We don’t have a pocket park or any type of park facility for children,” McCune said.
Resident Barry Haith told the council that he supports the extension and that it has been a long time coming for those residents who would benefit from the ability to finally connect to the rest of the community.
Ultimately, the goal of the project is to provide a continuous pedestrian facility between Old Fairway Drive and Ridge Road, with a connection to the Rock Hollow Trail, Brown said.
The application fee is $5,600, which will be refunded if federal funding is not approved.