News Release 259

State of Missouri making progress on the Lewis and Clark Riverside Greenway Trail

Volume 39-259 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JULY 22, 2011 – Gov. Jay Nixon announced the new greenway trail project at the Missouri State Penitentiary Redevelopment site and Lewis and Clark State Office Building is moving forward as scheduled.

The Lewis and Clark Riverside Greenway Trail project will connect the Missouri State Penitentiary Redevelopment site with the Jefferson City pedestrian bicycle greenway trail system and ultimately to the Katy Trail State Park.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources provided a $317,060 federal Recreational Trail Program grant to the Office of Administration’s Facilities Management Design and Construction to complete the greenway trail. OA staff are currently completing grading work along the new trail. In addition, OA is accepting bids for the concrete work that will be completed on the trail. OA will be receiving the final bids on Aug. 11. The total cost for the project is $442,560 and is expected to be completed by April 2012.

"All across Missouri, trails not only provide recreational and educational opportunities, they also are major outdoor attractions that strengthen communities and enhance the local economy," Gov. Jay Nixon said. "This trail represents the solid partnerships between the state and the Jefferson City community to benefit better physical and emotional health, smarter minds and stronger economies."

This project will be the first phase of the construction of the greenway trail in the 140 acre Missouri State Penitentiary Redevelopment site. The trail will begin at the parking lot at the east end of the Lewis and Clark State Office building and end at the Ellis Porter/Riverside Park greenway trail. The trail will follow the established tree line from the Lewis and Clark office building around the Kirchner School for the Severely Handicapped and connect to the Ellis Porter/Riverside Trail and Recreational Area. In addition, there will be a loop trail to an overlook of the Missouri River.

"The Lewis and Clark Riverside Greenway Trail will provide a way to expand the greenway trail systems in Jefferson City as well as connect to the Katy Trail State Park and will provide opportunities for healthy recreation, which supports Governor Nixon’s initiative to Get Outdoors," said Bill Bryan, Missouri State Parks Director, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The Recreational Trails Program is a federally funded grant program for trail-related land acquisition, development or restoration. In Missouri, Recreational Trails Program funds are administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration.

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