Thursday, January 21, 2021

Jackson County Proclaims Construction Progress On EPIC Rock Island Trail Bridge

The Kansas City metro loves building projects more than any other political achievement. Accordingly, whilst the Rock Island Trail has endured more than its share of hardship, this note on improvement in the stix is still important. 

Check-it . . .

Jackson County installs 300-foot bridge on Rock Island Trail



Wildwood Bridge is longest trail bridge in Jackson County

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. is excited to announce that the Rock Island Trail is now home to the longest trail bridge in the County. Today, construction crews installed the last 200-foot span of the Wildwood Bridge, making it a total of 300-feet long.

The new Wildwood Bridge is part of the work currently underway on the second phase of the Rock Island Trail, which stretches from Brickyard Road in Kansas City to the Truman Sports Complex. The bridge is not yet complete, and at this time, no one should walk on or cross the bridge. Each end is being blocked off to ensure compliance and safety.

“This is an exciting project because it adds another dimension to what we do best in the County—and that is trails,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “We know there is great demand, support and enthusiasm across the region to see the trail completed. I appreciate our Parks + Rec leadership, Rock Island team, contractor and partners who have worked diligently and collaboratively to get us to this moment of accomplishment today.”

The new bridge connects wooded areas and neighborhoods along the trail to the downtown Raytown area. It has two spans with a pier in the center that sits in 5-feet of limestone 22-feet below ground level.



Additional bridge details include:

- Each span is prefabricated, delivered in multiple segments and assembled on site using two large cranes.
- The 200-foot span installed today weighed 140,000 pounds.
- The bridge is constructed of Corten weathering steel. The steel weathers to cover itself with a protective rust colored patina. The bridge deck will be concrete.
- 12-feet wide with 20,000-pound loading criteria to carry emergency vehicles if necessary.


“These features are among just two of the many reasons this trail will continue to be one of the most popular in Jackson County,” said Jackson County Parks + Rec Director Michele Newman. “Jackson County Parks + Rec is so thrilled to be bringing this very important project to our community.”



Phase two of the Rock Island Trail is 7.1 miles long and will have three access areas: Lot L at the Truman Sports Complex, the Downtown Raytown area and off Woodson Road in Raytown. Construction is expected to be complete in April 2021, weather permitting.

“The Wildwood Bridge will be an impressive sight and will no doubt be a point of interest on this project, only rivaled by the Vale Tunnel,” said Rock Island Project Manager Matt Davis.

The first phase of the Rock Island Trail was completed in June 2019 and included 6.5 miles of trail between Jefferson Street in Lee’s Summit to Brickyard Road in Kansas City. The historic Vale Tunnel, a former railroad tunnel, is a key feature of this first segment of trail to open to the public. This section of the Rock Island can be accessed from two trailheads – one at 98th Street and Bannister Road and the other at Hartman Park in Lee’s Summit.

The Rock Island Trail is a part of the Rock Island Corridor Project, a collaborative effort between Jackson County and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. Jackson County has taken the lead on the development and management of the trail, while the KCATA is focused on planning for future transit and economic development opportunities along the 17.7 mile corridor.

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23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bridge to where?

Dex said...

It's the biggest trail in Missouri and one of the longest in the nation.

But I see where you're going with that question.

Anonymous said...

A perfectly logical expenditure when on the verge of bankruptcy

Anonymous said...

We are striving to forge our union with purpose.
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man.

Anonymous said...

^^Good for you granny. I'm sure we all thank you for not fucking up the trail any longer and throwing your used Depends on the trail. Please don't ever venture out of your hovel ever again.

Anonymous said...

It's a nice trail, hope this link to the inner city part of the trail doesn't ruin it.

KC said...

And yet the independence Ave bridge will continue can-opening semi truck trailers because drivers cant tell 12 feet is too low.

KC said...

Is concealed carry allowed on trail now?

Anonymous said...

^^why fatty? You'll never walk it. Heaving humping hog.

Anonymous said...

SmellUtopia

Anonymous said...


yep...just park your car at the stadium..enjoy a nice hike on the trail..and come back to find your car broken into and robbed..

Anonymous said...

^^don't worry Maude, you don't drive anymore, and you're too fat to walk. Stay in your rented trailer. You'll be fine!

Anonymous said...

^^^sez Chimpy..who sits around posting repetitive shit on a local blog 18 hrs a day...LOL!

DP said...

Park at the Pioneer Gun Club. Your car will be safe.

Anonymous said...

@12:15-chimpy lover-you seen this blog lately fucktard? It's always the same repetitive shit day after day, and yet here YOU are saying the same repetitive shit day after day.

Anonymous said...

Repetitive? I can mirror that by asking how that is repeated?
Same thing over and over might sound redundant to some, but unnatural or artificial paraphrasing is essential to copy and idea or phrase.
I don’t know how anyone can not look at something twice and not be accused of repetition.
If we are going to repeat ourselves- let’s at least do it twice.
How on earth anyone can repeatedly repeat themselves is beyond me.
Let’s drive this home- or just drive it until we get home- so we can repeat the sounding joy.
Amen. Amen.

Anonymous said...


hmmm the asshole @12:33 sounds like he sits around all day..monitoring the comments...whatta douche!

Clayton Bigsby said...

"White says,trails is what we do best"
Thats why the roads are pure fucking shit.

Anonymous said...

Your COMBAT money at work... Enjoy!

Unknown said...

Nice, a 2-3 million dollar project on a trail maybe a dozen people will use in a day. That's spending your tax money efficiently, not to mention making the trail an attractive nuisance for the adjacent landowners.

Anonymous said...

^^spoken like the fat-shut in you are. Ever been there dummy? No, you haven't. It's packed ALL the time. Bicyclists use it it, dog walkers, and runners. How about maybe you just shut your cock-holster about things you don't know. How about that fatty?

Anonymous said...

Escape route for urban youth to go "shopping" in Raytown, rob and bike jack whitey in their part of town. Buy KCMO and Raytown police lots of bicycles.

Anonymous said...

Taxpayers in this area seem to love spending money on bicyclist & streetcars.