Area of KC's Trolley Trail over massive mine, closed off for seven years, expected to reopen soon - KCTV5

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If you’ve used the Trolley Trail, you’ve probably noticed an area that’s been closed off for years now.

The section of the Trolley Trail on 85th Street between Troost and Woodland has been closed due to what engineers thought was a sinkhole. However, under the surface, they found something much different. . . .

“We originally thought it was caused by water washing out areas under the trail,” said Jarrold. “What we find out is there's an old limestone mine over a large stretch of this trail over in this part of the community.”

Maps from 1934 show the extensive limestone mines.

The mine’s roof had begun to collapse. . . .

Now, after extensive work over the years, things are almost finished.

MoBikeFed comment: The Trolley Track is one of the Kansas City area's longest and most-used trails. A significant portion of the trail has been closed for almost seven years due to the collapse of the mine roof.

It is great to see the area repaired, cleaned up, and open again soon!

The Trolley Track Trail extends from Kansas City's Plaza District south past 87th Street. This brings it close to the junction of the Indian Creek and Blue River Trails--which where recently connected as part of a major project.

In the medium to long term, the plan is to connect the Trolley Track Trail to the Indian Creek/Blue River Trail system. Putting all of those trails together would make the region's longest interconnected trail--until the Rock Island comes on line.

(And there is potential to link the Trolley Track-Blue River-Indian Creek system directly to the cross-state Rock Island/Katy Trail system as well.)

You can see more about KCMO's TrailsKC plan here:

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The Kansas City regional MetroGreen Trails plan is here:

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