Local nonprofits clash over proposed trail plans

3 years 9 months 19 hours ago Sunday, March 15 2015 Mar 15, 2015 Sunday, March 15, 2015 5:00:00 AM CDT March 15, 2015 in News
By: Hannah Lazo & Berkeley Lovelace Jr., KOMU 8 Reporters
loading

COLUMBIA - Local organizations have been clashing with the city and with each other, when it comes to deciding the fate of the Hinkson Creek Valley.

PedNet Coalition and It's Our Wild Nature would like to see the GetAbout Columbia funds for the Shepard to Rollins Trail Connection used on different routes.

The city council has four options on the table.

· Option one would include construction of a sidewalk along Bluff Dale Drive to Southwood Drive, and then Southwood Drive would connect with a bike lane on Old 63. A portion of this option would involve constructing a trail through the valley. It would cost $700,000 which is the least expensive of the four.

· Option two would allow an east-west trail constructed between Old 63 and Rollins Street with an entrance south of Shepard Boulevard. The trail would switchback into the valley, run through it, and then back up the other side. Option 2 would cost about $1.5 million.

· Option three would include construction of a new trail running north-south from the new Hinkson Creek bridge down to the northwest corner of the intersection of Stadium Boulevard and Old 63. It would then connect with existing pathways. It is estimated to cost $2.2 million.

· Option four includes updating existing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure on Stadium between Ashland Road and Old 63. It is the only option that does not go through the Hinkson Creek Valley. It is estimated to cost $900,000.

Lawrence Simonson, assistant director of PedNet Coalition, said he would like to see option one or option three selected by the city council. If either option were constructed, it would involve building a trail through the valley.

"When we've taken a look at different trail systems, and or the trail options, reviewed the engineering study, we have decided that options one and three have the greatest potential for mode shift," Simonson said. "That's getting people out of their cars and using trails for transportation."

Barbara Wren, executive director of It's Our Wild Nature, said she would like to see more people riding their bikes, but would like to see the valley, which borders her neighborhood, remain untouched.

"Option four stays up on the established pedway on Old 63," Wren said. "So we hope they would build a sheltered pedway for walkers and wheelchairs and there is room for an additional bike lane so you would feel like you are protected from the cars."

The Columbia City Council will make a decision March 16.

More News

Grid
List
FULTON - A Fulton nonprofit surpassed their volunteer goal and is able to give over 400 children a Christmas miracle.... More >>
16 minutes ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 2:52:00 PM CST December 14, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - State Auditor Nicole Galloway will join the investigation into Josh Hawley's use of funds during his Senate... More >>
24 minutes ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 2:44:00 PM CST December 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Students walking around MU's famous Quad may have seen an unexpected visitor Thursday. MU student Massimo Montalbano... More >>
1 hour ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 1:50:00 PM CST December 14, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Nearly 40,000 people in the United States died by guns last year, marking the highest number of gun... More >>
1 hour ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 1:22:59 PM CST December 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The number of homeless people living in Boone County has increased in the past 10 years, according to... More >>
2 hours ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 12:52:00 PM CST December 14, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Johnson & Johnson's ( JNJ ) stock fell as much as 11% on Friday — on track for... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 11:46:00 AM CST December 14, 2018 in News
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A bomb threat forced the evacuation of the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, a day... More >>
3 hours ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 11:39:38 AM CST December 14, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Facebook announced on Friday that the social network had exposed the private photos of millions of users without... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 10:15:10 AM CST December 14, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump's former attorney and "fixer" Michael Cohen said his former boss knew that having Cohen arranging... More >>
5 hours ago Friday, December 14 2018 Dec 14, 2018 Friday, December 14, 2018 9:44:00 AM CST December 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU Professor Francis Huang wants schools to rethink suspensions and embrace a positive learning environment. Haung conducted... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 10:10:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- 20 bikes and helmets were donated to Columbia kids in time for the holiday season. Big Brothers Big... More >>
19 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 7:15:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The former chief financial officer for Columbia Public Schools was sentenced Thursday to five years probation. Anna... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 6:25:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Jefferson City teen has been charged in connection with a November fatal shooting. Bruce Thomas... More >>
21 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 6:07:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Some people who live near the intersection of Vandiver Drive and Parker Street just north of Interstate 70... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 4:33:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police are investigating multiple reports of bomb threats made via email to businesses in the Columbia area,... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 3:52:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri Department of Transportation director Patrick McKenna met with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Thursday to discuss the... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 3:21:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in Continuous News
WASHINGTON D.C. - Democrat Claire McCaskill had stern words for her soon-to-be former colleagues in the Senate in a farewell... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 3:20:50 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri Department of Transportation director Patrick McKenna met with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Thursday to discuss the... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, December 13 2018 Dec 13, 2018 Thursday, December 13, 2018 3:09:00 PM CST December 13, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 39°
4pm 42°
5pm 41°
6pm 40°
7pm 39°