Opponents of Cliff Cave trail file lawsuit; Judge denies order to stop trail construction | The Call

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Neighbors of a new trail extension through Cliff Cave County Park filed a lawsuit and a request for a temporary restraining order to stop construction of the trail this week.

Regional trail district Great Rivers Greenway, which is funding the $5 million trail, began clearing trees at two sites in Oakville last week for the 2-mile paved loop, similar to Grant's Trail. The path will wind up and down the bluffs from a trailhead on Cliff Cave Road.

A proposed pedestrian-only entrance at Telegraph and Erb roads is on hold pending a safety study this summer, following a compromise between County Executive Stenger and 6th District County Councilman Ernie Trakas, R-Oakville, that moved construction forward without going through the council.

MoBikeFed comment: Many St. Louis County residents contacted their county council representatives when a new County Councilman, Ernie Trakas, teamed up with a few trail opponents to try to derail the project. Trailnet and MoBikeFed worked together with local residents and organizations to help galvanize public support for this important project.

More information about the project and its importance here:

http://mobikefed.org/2017/02/alert-key-mississippi-greenway-trail-connec...

Your voices were heard, because the impasse was resolved and construction on the new trail has started.

This lawsuit represents a last-ditch attempt by a very few trail opponents to stop the project. However, the lawsuit has essentially no merit at all. The judge has denied a request to stop trail construction while the lawsuit proceeds.

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