PITTSBURG, KS.--- The multi-use trail will be along the west side of South Rouse and will be a mile long up to Centennial. Last month, the city was awarded more than $937,000 grant for the construction of the trail from the Kansas Department of Transportation. 70% of the trail will be paid for by the state and private local groups will pay the remaining amount. Those for the trial told the council it was for safety. Those against the trail worried it will be built on people's property. After the council made their decision, residents on both sides of the debate reacted.
"I think this offers us a safe, access for people who live in the area and for all residents of Pittsburg to use the trail for biking, walking, jogging," said Amy Hite, for walking trail.
"I think it needs to put, be put in a different place. And what we have here in Pittsburg is a lot. Utilize what we have, use it, let everybody use it," said Mary Dell, against walking trail.
Council Member Chuck Munsell was against the South Rouse connector trail because he felt the trail should be put in a place where everyone in the city can use it. City council members asked the City Trail Committee to be updated in all trail planning before final designs are submitted to KDOT. The city will now look to hire an engineer to start the design of the connector trail.
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