State files 180-day extension while working on scenarios for Missouri State Parks to accept Rock Island Trail corridor | Lake News Online

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Interest was high in turning the old line into a trail that would connect with the Katy Trail, another former rail line, creating a large loop across the state that could make it the longest continuous trail in the United States.

After nearly four years of review and negotiation, hope continues for those in favor of turning the Rock Island Railroad corridor into a cross-state trail. Missouri State Parks and Missouri Central Railroad have applied for another extension of an interim trail use agreement while the state continues to study the potential for turning the 144-mile defunct line between Windsor and Beaufort into a recreational trail.

The project was facing a deadline of Feb. 21, 2019. If approved, the extension would give the state and railroad 180 more days to come to a decision.

MoBikeFed comment: The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has set up a page to make it easy to weigh in with the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and State Parks leadership to let them know you support the Rock Island Trail State park. Please take two minutes to send them a message in support of the Rock Island Trail:

https://secure.railstotrails.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserActi...

They need to hear from thousands of constituents reminding them that the Rock Island Trail is a "no brainer".