Mission awarded $69,570 grant to help design Turkey Creek Trail section

An abandoned road bed runs through part of the Turkey Creek Trail route in Mission.
The abandoned road bed of the old Kansas City Road runs through part of the Turkey Creek Trail route in Mission.

The Mid-America Regional Council has awarded $69,570 to Mission for the design of its section of the Turkey Creek Trail.

The award was less than the $91,000 that the city had requested to go along with its planned local match of $39,000. Mission Community Development Director Martin Rivarola said the scope of the design work might have to be narrowed to fit the amount of the grant. It is hoped the money will be sufficient to get the geotechnical work done and look at connectivity – should the trail run along the creek or on streets. Rivarola told the council recently that the design also could provide information about projected costs to acquire right-of-way for the trail. “The intent of this is to get an actual number that we can use for budgeting,” he said.

The council still has to vote to accept the grant money. Some details of the project will be administered through MARC, but are expected to be completed this year. The actual cost of the trail is unknown, but has been estimated up to $2 million in 2017 dollars. The city returned a $1 million construction grant last year. Moving forward with the design portion has met with some opposition on the council.

The Mission section of the trail promises to be an approximate one-mile gap for some time in the 10-mile corridor that stretches from south Merriam to Kansas City, Mo. and which is part of a larger trail plan for the metro. The Merriam and Overland Park sections are complete and construction is under way in Kansas City, Kan. The Mission portion has some steep grade challenges to follow the route now drawn on the map. The design work would look at possible alternative routes and costs.

The Mission grant was part of $1 million awarded in a Planning Sustainable Places grant program administered by MARC. The program was funded by pooling $500,000 each from the Missouri and Kansas surface transportation programs.