Independence plans trail to connect history to neighborhoods []

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The city wants to connect its downtown square to neighborhoods, the Englewood Arts District and the Truman Library.

The “Truman Connected” plan is designed to link the downtown square with Independence’s rich history and art. This effort started before the pandemic, in 2019.

There are streetscape improvements planned for the square. They include landscaping, lighting and accommodations for bicycles.

The city manager says nine out of ten Independence residents told local leaders in a survey that preserving and enhancing the downtown square is critically important to them.

MoBikeFed comment: The Truman Connected plan is an ambitious trail project that connects through the heart of Independence, from the Truman Library to Independence Square to the northwest end of the Rock Island Trail at Truman Sports Complex.

The trail is planned to follow Winner Road, Sterling, Hwy 40, and Blue Ridge Cutoff - all of which are major streets in Independence, through many of the city's commercial and population centers, but which are currently very unfriendly for walking and bicycling.

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