The popularity of the City’s 12-mile-long pedestrian bikepath network is clearly evident by the number of people walking, biking and strolling on the trails throughout the day and early evenings. And both frequent and infrequent users of the trail will be pleased to know that the network will soon expand with the addition of the new Coventry Trail Pedestrian Bike Path to be built on the east-central side of Rolla in and around the 14-acre Coventry Park.
The trail, which will be eight feet wide and approximately 1,265 feet long, will begin near Pinetree Road, run east along Richard Drive to Coventry Park, and end at Coventry Lane. The trail will pass through a scenic and natural area that will include a walk bridge (similar to the bridge on the ACORN Trail) that will span Burgher Creek and connect to the edge of Coventry Park. In addition to connecting the ACORN Trail, Rolla’s 9-mile long pedestrian/bike pathway, to Coventry Park, Phase 1 of the Coventry Trail will also make Coventry Park much more accessible and visible to residents in surrounding neighborhoods, and the entire community. Funding for Phase I of the Coventry Trail will be made available through the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission Transportation Enhancement Funds Program Agreement administered by MoDOT.
The City Council at the June 6 Council meeting unanimously approved the bid for the Coventry Trail Pedestrian Bike Path to be awarded to Donald Maggi, Inc. The Missouri Department of Transportation, which will oversee and provide the necessary funding for the project ($131,938), has concurred with the award to Donald Maggi, Inc. as well. The City’s Public Works Department will be providing engineering, design work, construction oversight, and a portion of the construction.
Construction of Phase 1 of Coventry Trail is scheduled to begin this summer (2011). Phase II of Coventry Trail, which is not yet funded, would parallel Burgher Creek along the entire length of Coventry Park and provide more fitness, walking and biking opportunities in that area of the park.
In other transportation and road construction related news, we appreciate your continued patience and that of motorists traveling on Forum Drive between 18th and 10th Streets as major infrastructure upgrades are completed. The water main installations by RMU are nearly completed, and the trenches are being patched by the City’s contractor, Rolla Asphalt. Work in this area along Forum Drive will continue, however, for the next several weeks. Once all of the additional repairs and improvements are completed, Forum Drive will receive a new overlay. This project should greatly enhance the infrastructure of this area as well as improve the driving surface and safety of Forum Drive.
In closing, I’d like to remind everyone that the 76th annual Rolla Lions Club Carnival is in full swing this weekend at Rolla Lions Club Park (State Route 63 South) through Monday, July 4 with carnival rides, game booths, great-tasting carnival food and free fireworks tonight, Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4. Please also note that SplashZone will celebrate the 4th with Independence Dollar Day where everyone gets in for $1. Rolla City Hall and the Environmental Services Department will also be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day Holiday. Monday’s trash will be picked up on Tuesday and Tuesday’s trash will be picked up on Wednesday. In addition, the Rolla City Council meeting, normally held on the first Monday of the month, will be held on Tuesday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall (901 N. Elm Street).
I hope you have a safe and memorable July 4th weekend. And, let’s not forget the sacrifices that have been made and continue to be made by thousands of members of the U.S. Armed Services who allow us all to enjoy the freedoms and festivities over the Fourth of July and throughout the year.