Future trail to connect downtown to Smithville Lake

The Main Street Trail project is slated to begin in the spring of 2020. The trail will connect downtown Smithville to Smithville Lake.

SMITHVILLE — Beginning in the spring of 2020, Smithville will construct a trail connecting the city’s downtown to Smithville Lake.

Traveling from Liberty Street to Litton Way, what will be the Main Street Trail was used as leverage in an application to receive a trail program grant from Missouri’s Department of Natural Resources. The application was accepted and Smithville will receive a 20% match for costs to help cover construction and amenities, Assistant City Administrator Nickie Lee said.

“Smithville is honored to have been selected,” Lee added, “as the state received 36 applications and only funded six projects throughout Missouri.”

Anticipated amenities along the trail may include bike “fix-it” stations, bike racks, water fountains and water bottle fillers, enhanced crosswalks and/or a smart solar bench.

In an effort to give the community what they want along the trail, Lee said there will be a public meeting for citizens to voice their opinions and give suggestions. The public hearing is from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in City Hall.

This project is projected to cost $1,192,232 with the state contributing no more than $242,500. Lee said as the design is not finalized, so the total cost paid by the city could fluctuate, but is currently estimated at about $949,732.

Northwest Editor Sean Roberts can be reached at sean.roberts@mycouriertribune.com or 389-6606.

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