Posts Tagged ‘Milwaukee Trail Extension’
The Milwaukee Trail Extension opening celebration Sunday was a great success in spite of the weather! Many thanks to Jeremy Flesch and all the other neighbors who made it happen and invited the community to share. Thanks especially to those neighbors who worked on the project, and especially to those who granted easements so this connection from Russell to Davis Streets could become a reality after well over a decade of work by Missoula Parks and Recreation staff and others. Many thanks to trails manager Dave Shaw and open space manager Jackie Corday for their tireless work, as well as Donna Gaukler and others at Parks and Recreation. Finally, thanks to the voters of Missoula City and County for passing the 2006 Open Space Bond which supplied the money to buy the easements. This is one of those projects that will positively impact thousands of people in the Missoula area. Included in the project is a safe bike-ped crossing at Russell Street.
The Milwaukee Trail Extension west of Russell is under construction, and the River Road neighborhood is planning a great opening celebration, hopefully in connection with Sunday Streets on September 11. While you may have discovered that, to all appearances, it seems finished between Russell and Garfield, Parks & Recreation Trail Manager David Shaw begs us to stay off it until the whole trail it is completed and formally opened. More… He writes, “While there may not be active construction happening on a segment of the trail one day, it could be occurring the next. I know that it is kind of counter-intuitive and very inconvenient to see a new trail that everyone wants to use and think that it’s closed, but it would be impossible for us or the contractor to complete one task on a segment of trail, open it to the public, then close it again to complete another task and so on across the whole 1 mile site. We really need to keep it closed for the duration of construction in the interest of protecting public safety. We are asking for everyone’s patience and cooperation on this until the project is done and officially opened for public use. Honestly, we can’t wait for it to be finished either!” Let’s all try to be patient and save our exuberance for the grand celebration of this trail which will provide such a valuable connection among neighborhoods and Businesses on both sides of Reserve and Russell Streets.
Epoxied sharrows and bike lanes are improving bicycle safety on Higgins, Beckwith, Bancroft, Mount, and should last for five years. Steve King, Missoula Public Works Director, sent the City Bike-Ped Advisory Board and BWAM an update: “As many of you know, the 2011 epoxy bike lane & sharrow project has been recently completed. Public Works staff has been conducting a post project review to identify issues from citizens and MDT. For example, sharrow locations and bike lane widths have been brought up for further discussion. We are documenting where process and implementation can be improved for next year… One item that is a special concern for me was the painting on Arthur Avenue. The southern section of Arthur was painted by the epoxy contractor instead of the northern section. The southern section of Arthur will be overlayed with new asphalt in 2012, and the State plans to repaint the new road surface with epoxy after the pavement maintenance project. …. Next year we will have the final phase of this three year project. There is an opportunity to fill in gaps in the system, expand the sharrow locations, and complete maintenance on the system within the remaining budget.”