|New Pedestrian Bridge to Be Installed Sept. 24 across Turkey Creek at Merriam Marketplace|
A 137-foot long prefabricated bridge is scheduled for installation at approximately 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24 across Turkey Creek at the Merriam Market Place, 5740 Merriam Drive. The ten-foot-wide pedestrian bridge is a major part of an expansion of the Turkey Creek Streamway Park and is being installed by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in association with the City of Merriam.
Included in the expansion project is approximately a one-quarter mile trail from Johnson Drive north to the bridge crossing at the Merriam Marketplace.
This will be in addition to the existing two and one-quarter miles of the trail which currently terminates at Johnson Drive on the north and 75th Street on the south.
The relatively short expansion is expected to be complete by Spring 2004 and will provide trail users and neighbors an opportunity to access the Marketplace and downtown Merriam shops without having to cross the heavy traffic on either Johnson Drive or Merriam Drive. The trail will cross under Johnson Drive with a ten-foot-wide concrete walk on the west bank of the stream. The cost of the entire project will exceed $300,000 and is being paid for by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District and the City of Merriam.
This project would not have been possible without the intergovernmental cooperation of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, the City of Merriam and the Merriam Drainage Board. These three agencies have partnered together on other phases of the Turkey Creek Streamway Park in an effort to bring more trails, green space, and linear parks to the citizens of Merriam and northeast Johnson County.
Questions regarding the bridge installation or the trail construction can be directed to Bill Maasen, Planning and Development Manager for Johnson County Park and Recreation District at either (913) 438-7275 (office) or (913) 909-3032 (cell phone).