EXTENDED HOURS TO PICK UP
BRUSH VOUCHER REMOVAL VOUCHERS
The Public Works Department at Raytown City Hall will remain open until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening (February 19, 2019) at Raytown City Hall for those wishing to obtain Storm Debris Clean-up Coupon Vouchers for clean up storm debris from January’s winter storms. The Vouchers can be used at area recycling centers to dispose of tree limbs from the storm.
Proof of residency (drivers license or utility bill) is required to received the Vouchers. The vouchers have a combined value of $50 and are limited to two per residence.
|BY GREG WALTERS|
Old Rock Island Line
Rock Island Trail
Look for a major development of the Rock Island Trail to be completed in Raytown in late 2019 or early 2020.
The old Rock Island Rail Line runs diagonally across Raytown. It enters Raytown at 73rd and Woodson Road. From there it runs along the south side of Wildwood Lakes. It continues north through Downtown Raytown and runs parallel to Raytown’s city limits along Raytown Trafficway.
From Raytown it continues north along Blue Ridge Cutoff to its destination, the Harry S Truman Sports Complex, home of the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs.
The Rock Island Trail has been designed as a walking and bicycle trail. It is unique to the area because it will connect to the Katy Trail. The Katy Trail is a nationally known bicycle that follows the Missouri River to St. Louis.
Locations along biking and hiking have created significant economic growth for communities they pass through.
Bret Hugh, Executive Director of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation said, “Raytown is planned to be the Western Terminus of the Katy Trail.”
The impact to the Raytown area will be significant.
Mr. Hugh also said, “Over 500,000 bicyclists and hikers use the Katy Trail annually on rides across Missouri”.
With those kind of numbers passing through Raytown, nearby, such as Crane Brewery, would undoubtedly benefit from the influx of bicyclists and pedestrian traffic along the trail. Not to mention the opportunity for new businesses to open up shop in Raytown.
The Rock Island Rail Line was built in the Raytown and Lee’s Summit area in the late 1800’s. Planners intend to use existing railroad overpasses to bypass areas of high traffic volume where practical.
Another benefit for those using the trail to access events at the Truman Sports Complex is that they will not be subject to the ever-increasing cost of parking at Royals and Chiefs games should the decide to ride their bicycles or walk the trail to game played at the stadium.
Completion of the trail is expected in late 2019 or early 2020.