Repairs in store for Trolley Track Trail

Date:May 05, 2017
Repairs in store for Trolley Track Trail

Great news for the Trolley Track Trail!

The City of Kansas City, Mo., authorized funding for repairing a section of the Trolley Track Trail east of Troost Avenue and south of 85th Street. This section of the trail could open before the end of the year.

KCATA closed that part the trail several years ago after an underground mine collapsed leaving a hole in the asphalt path. The KCATA filled the hole, but cordoned off the area as a precaution and urged pedestrians and cyclists to detour around the trail in that area.

This map shows the section of the Trolley Track Trail that has been closed for several years. Workers will stabilize a 400-foot section in this area before the end of the year.

For the last couple of years, engineers have been working on a way to stabilize the trail to ensure its safety for everyone.

It’s been a complicated job since the mine underneath the trail is filled with water and is not easily accessible for surveying. Teams of consulting engineers needed boats to explore the underground mine so they could do the necessary surveying to design a solution.

Patience and perseverance have paid off. The KCATA has developed a blueprint for repairing an approximately 400-foot section of trail just behind B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ.

Even better news is that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded Kansas City, Mo., a grant that will go toward the trail project.

Plans call for the mine underneath the trail to be collapsed and filled with rock. The area will be repaved to make the trail whole again.

Kansas City, Mo., will bid the project sometime  this summer or early fall. The trail project should be completed by the end of this year if all goes according to plan.

An engineer surveys the area where this hole opened up in the Trolley Track Trail several years ago. The hole has since been filled but this section of trail was closed for safety precautions.