Cliff Drive connection could make it a regional destination

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Plans are in the works to connect the Cliff Drive scenic byway to the Spirit of Kansas City Byway and improved recreation and commerce could be on the horizon.

The byway will feature a 10-foot wide bike and pedestrian trail approximately 2,300 feet long. An additional trail will also connect The Paseo to the Highland Avenue trail head.

According to Will Royster, president of the Cliff Drive Corridor Management Committee, the connection could turn it into a regional and national destination.

Recently, $330,000 was allocated for the project and is part of a required grant from the National Scenic Byway Program that was awarded to the city in August 2012.

Since MoDOT is administering the grant, Scott Overbay of Kansas City's Parks and Recreation Department expects MoDOT's approval of the funding to take up to six weeks.

Both Roysterm and Overbay hope the new byway will provide new reaction space for more outdoor activities.

"It will help commerce because people will be able to go from the Cliff Drive area to the River Market area for shopping and groceries," Overbay said.

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