Warrensburg-Whiteman AFP Spirit Trail Trail Coalition moves ahead with trail paving, looking at trail connections to nearby communities & Rock Island Trail | dailystarjournal.com

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The Johnson County Spirit Trail Coalition . . . received the go-ahead to advertise for paving bids for the trail . . .

Coalition members also discussed the next phase of trail building in the county.

The next step, Gabel said, β€œis to figure out how to get through Warrensburg.”

The coalition currently does not have a Warrensburg representative since Marvin Coleman, director of Public Works, resigned from the group.

The coalition has approached the City of Knob Noster about extending the trail from Whiteman Air Force Base into that city, and also is considering how to extend it south from Warrensburg to Leeton and Chilhowee to link up with the Rock Island Trail that runs across southern Johnson County.

Lucas said the group has to prioritize which route to do first.

Board Secretary Sallie Ashe said, rather than taking the trail south along highway right of way, the trail could follow some chip and seal county roads to Leeton to avoid traffic.

β€œI like the idea of having a good chip and seal road,” Gabel said, adding the county will look at the route and determine if bike lanes can be built on road shoulders.

MoBikeFed comment: The Spirit Trail currently extends from Warrensburg to Knob Noster State Park, about couple of miles from Whiteman AFB.

A portion of the trail is paved, but the majority--which opened just in Fall 2018--is soft surfaced. It is best used by walkers, runners, hikers, and bicyclists with mountain bikes, gravel bikes, or other bicycles that can handle soft surface terrain.

When the trail is paved later this year, that situation will change, of course.

The Spirit Trail makes numerous important regional trail connections and opens up a large number of potential loop routes on paved and gravel roads in the area.

The Spirit Trail is also part of a major new national bicycle route, U.S. Bicycle Route 51, which is currently in the planning stages in Missouri.

More about the Spirit Trail:

https://www.trailsrpc.org/other-services/joco-spirit-trail-coalition/

More about USBR 51 in Missouri:

https://mobikefed.org/tags/usbr-51