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Construction on Rock Island Trail resumes

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Posted at 3:50 PM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-05 16:50:27-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A week after halting construction on the northern portion of the Rock Island Trail in Jackson County over compliance concerns, the county says construction has resumed.

In a release Monday afternoon, the county gave the go-ahead to contractors to resume construction on the trail, though contractors will leave rail, ties and other track materials on the track bed.

The pause came after a ruling from the Surface Transportation Board that said existing construction of the trail was violating the terms of the county’s purchase of the trail.

As part of the original agreement, the county pledged to leave rail infrastructure in place. But in construction up to last week, contractors had been taking out the rail infrastructure, putting the trail right down the middle.

The northern portion of the trail stretches more than seven miles and runs from Brickyard Road to the Truman Sports Complex.

It joins up with the previously opened southern trail, a 6.4-mile line from Brickyard Road to Jefferson Street near Missouri 291 in Lee’s Summit.