|Four New Bridges to Be Installed Aug. 21 for New Kill Creek Streamway Park Segment|
Four pedestrian bridges will be placed beginning about 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 on a new stretch of the Kill Creek Streamway Park in De Soto.
According to Johnson County Park and Recreation District Planning and Development Manager Bill Maasen the bridges will be placed on a one-mile stretch of trail on Kill Creek being constructed between 95th and 87th streets. The bridges being placed Wednesday will include one 80-foot bridge, one 70-foot bridge and two 60-foot bridges.
The project is located near Kansas Highway 10 and Lexington Ave. on Kill Creek.
This trail project will also involve construction of the District's third off-leash dog area which will be the first on the Streamway Parks System. The District's other off-leash areas are located in Shawnee Mission Park and Heritage Park. The Kill Creek area will consist of about 16 acres adjacent to the trail which will be fenced off from other pedestrian uses.
The new section of the Kill Creek Streamway Park, which is being constructed in cooperation with the City of De Soto, will be accessible via 95th Street from either the Kill Creek or Lexington exits off Kansas 10 Highway.
The District has been working with the city on this project since last fall. Grading and construction began in early June and a park opening is anticipated within 30 days of the bridge placements.
Bill said two more phases of construction on the Kill Creek Streamway Park are already anticipated for the future. The next phase would involve constructing about a mile north to De Soto City Park on the Kansas River, where there is a small portion of existing trail built by the District about five years ago. The next phase would take the trail two miles south to meet the portion of streamway trail in Kill Creek Park.
After that, an eventual goal is to take the trail all the way south around Gardner Lake to meet another Kill Creek trail project being completed by the District on Kill Creek in Gardner.