Washington MO River Bridge to include bike/ped path; Part of Riverfront Trail to Remain Open - The Missourian: Washington

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Spectators will be able to view construction of a new Missouri River at Washington bridge up close from the Rotary Riverfront Trail under the latest proposal being discussed.

The Missouri Department of Transportation will restrict workers to a 300-foot-wide work zone along the trail around the pier at the southern end of the current structure, members of the Washington Area Highway Transportation Committee were told Monday.

Judy Wagner, MoDOT area engineer and a member of the committee, said citizens will be able to walk up to that point from both sides of the walking/bike trail, but won’t be allowed closer to the construction zone.

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MoBikeFed comment: The new bridge will include a separate bike/ped path that will connect the city of Washington with the Katy Trail. The bike/ped access across this bridge will make the final connection between the Rock Island Trail, which will end near Washington, and the Katy Trail, on the north side of the river from Washington, completing the 457-mile cross state trail loop the two trails will make.