Pierre City Commission Approves Request To Bid Out Walking Trail Rehabilitation Projects

(KCCR) — The City of Pierre is looking for bidders to reconstruct two sections of recreational trail along the Missouri River. City Engineer John Childs told the Pierre City Commission Tuesday night that Phase Two of the Steamboat Trail rehabilitation project will pick up where crews left off a few years back…

“Which was started at the bridge and it works south to the north; be kind of the northwest side of of Poplar.  Now we are looking to start that project on the other side of the road and then take it to Central Avenue.  The existing trail is approximately 15-hundred feet long and it’s 8-feet wide asphalt trail.”
Childs says grant money will help pay for the rehabbing work…

“It’ll be 10-foot wide, reinforced concrete and it will be sufficient sections that when we have to run across it with a service vehicle that it will withstand that weight and it’ll give us a little bit better service life, very similar in construction to Phase One.  We will come around there by the amphitheater and we’ve had some drainage issues there just kind of toward the river side of the parking lot.  We’ll pick that up in there oh  foot and a half or so to help facilitate that drainage and that’s been a problem for us ever since 2011 or 2012 after we cleaned up from the flood.”
Childs says a second project will replace and re-route the Lewis and Clark Trail through Griffin Park…

“We’re doing two things, One, we’re moving a little bit further away over on…your left hand side of the screen to get a little further away from the river as we’ve had some issues with last year’s  high waters, losing a little bit of bank.  Another thing we’re doing is, the current trail actually and you can see it on there.  It’s a painted crosswalk that winds through the parking lot and that’s pretty unsafe.  So what we’re doing is were going to shorten the riverside of the parking lot by 10-feet and were going to move the trail off the end of the parking lot and do away with that conflict that we have across the parking lot.”
Both trails will have bump out seating areas along them. Completion of the Steamboat Park trail section is slated for June 5th while the completion date for the Griffin Park project is September 5th. Bids on both projects are due back to the City of Pierre by March 12th.