|Construction project expected to close northern portions of Gary L. Haller Trail into early 2017|
Two recent safety-related construction projects have closed adjacent and overlapping northern portions of the Gary L. Haller Trail. One project which closed the trail from the Barker Road Access Point north to the Wilder Road Access Point has been completed, another project which closed the Haller trail from its junction with the Charles J. Stump Memorial Park Trail Spur located immediately behind the Okun Fieldhouse all the way north to the Wilder Drive Access Point, is not expected to be completed until early 2017.
Because of safety concerns and the use of heavy equipment, this area will be closed to public use during the project.
The construction that begin in mid-July is a BNSF Railroad Embankment Slope Stabilization Project. This project will involve the temporary removal and replacement of a portion of the trail located immediately behind the Mill Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in order to shore up and stabilize an area containing railroad track on the south side of Mill Creek.
This project is weather-dependent. Throughout the duration of the BNSF project, the northernmost portion of the Gary L. Haller trail stretching from the Wilder Road Access Point north to Nelson Island in the Kansas River will remain open.
The Gary L. Haller Trail is located within the linear Mill Creek Streamway Park and has a total of 17 miles of paved multiuse trail served by a total of eight access points.
The Wilder Road Access Point is located at 19425 Wilder Drive in Shawnee near the intersection with Holliday Drive, while the Barker Road Access Point is located at 5946 Barker Road in Shawnee. Okun Fieldhouse is located in the Mid-America West Sports Complex at 20200 Johnson Drive, while the Mid-America Sports Complex is located at 20000 Johnson Drive.