Grand Opening: Jefferson City Bridge Bike/Ped Lane, April 8th, 10:30am

Jefferson City and MoDOT District 5 have recently announced the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the bicycle/pedestrian lane over the Missouri River at Jefferson City.
 
The bike/ped lane has been envisioned since the Katy Trail came to Jefferson City--but on the wrong side of the river--in the 1990s.  The project received federal funding in the early 2000s but languished for lack of matching local funding.
 
A few years ago, the Missouri State Parks Foundation start raising private funds, Jefferson City and other agencies chipped in, plans and designs were made, and construction on the project started last fall.
 
Now the project is nearly done and the grand opening is planned:
Missouri River Bridge Pedestrian/Bicycle Attachment Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
 
The Missouri Department of Transportation invites you to celebrate the completion of a $6.7 million project to build a bicycle and pedestrian attachment on the U.S. 54 Eastbound/U.S. 63 Northbound Missouri River Bridge in Jefferson City, MO.
 
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Friday, April 8, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at the Missouri Department of Conservation Carl R. Noren Public Fishing Access area on the north side of the river.
 
The new bridge attachment is eight feet wide and includes two look out points with a view of the Missouri State Capitol.  The ramp structure on the north side of the river allows access to the Katy Trail.  The attachment will provide a safer and more convenient way for people to walk and bike across the Missouri River from the Katy Trail to downtown Jefferson City.  
 
The City of Jefferson, Department of Natural Resources, Missouri State Parks Foundation and  MoDOT partnered to construct the project.  
 
The Katy Trail Ride with Legislators (April 11th, 12:30pm, starting at the front steps of the Capitol in Jefferson City) this year for the first time ever will cross the new pedestrian/bicycle lane to reach the Katy Trail.
 
The general public is welcome (and encouraged!) to join us on that ride, which is also part of a weekend of festivities for the Grand Opening of the pedestrian/bicycle lane.  The Ride with Legislators is organized by the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation and Missouri State Parks.