News Release 171

Bridge near Rocheport on Katy Trail State Park opens for Memorial Day weekend

Volume 39-171 (For Immediate Release)
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JEFFERSON CITY, MO., MAY 27, 2011 – Hikers and bicyclists on Katy Trail State Park have another reason to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend – the bridge across the Moniteau Creek near Rocheport reopened Friday, May 27.

The bridge, built in 1940s, was closed in the winter so crews could replace much of the structure. The wooden piers were removed and replaced with a new concrete support structure and the wooden deck was replaced with concrete. The original steel framework of the bridge was kept in place to retain the historical feel of the bridge.

"This project has allowed us to keep part of the history of this trail while making it safer and stronger for our users," said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks. The Katy Trail was constructed on the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad corridor built in the late 1890s.

Construction of the new bridge was financed with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds through the Missouri Department of Transportation. The contractor was Lehman Construction of California, Mo.

With the completion in April of the remaining 11-mile section of the original trail corridor from St. Charles to Machens, Katy Trail State Park is approximately 240 miles from Clinton to Machens.

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