MoDOT opens bike-pedestrian path on Daniel Boone Bridge |

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The new trail for pedestrians and bicycles on the eastbound Daniel Boone Bridge will open Thursday, the Missouri Department of Transportation says.

The trail connects the Katy Trail on the St. Charles County side of the Missouri River to the Monarch Levee Trail on the St. Louis County side.

In a related move, the portion of the levee trail near the bridge will reopen. It was closed in 2013 at the start of construction of the new eastbound bridge.

The bridge is the seventh along the Missouri River in the state to have a dedicated bicycle-pedestrian path.

Brent Hugh, director of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation, said the bridge trails give people "a personal connection with the beauty of the Missouri River and the engineering marvel of the bridges."

MoBikeFed comment: This is the second trail crossing of the Missouri River in the STL metro area of 5-6 potential crossing points. We'll see the third crossing open at Washington within a few years. Crossings on the 370 and I-70 bridges are possible, too.

Continuously connected river trail networks on both sides of the river, in St Charles and St Louis Counties, connected by five major bike/ped accessible river bridges, and all of that directly connected into the statewide Katy and Rock Island Trails has the potential to be a real game changer for trails in Missouri.

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