Providence bike trail to be made safer from water runoff

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 | 6:43 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Public Works Department's project to limit the buildup of the water and dirt from the South Providence Trail begins Thursday. 

The bikeway, which is 1.7 miles, stretches from Old Plank Road to Green Meadows Road, according to Columbia Parks and Recreation website. The trail is flat, making it difficult to keep materials such as silt, rain and snow off the path, Public Information Specialist Steven Sapp said.

"In the winter, snow sits on the trail, melts and freezes, making the trail treacherous," Sapp said.

The changes will include grade work, which will help storm water runoff be directed to basins, and adding more plants to the area will filter the sediments in the runoff, Sapp said.

Temporary trail closures are a possibility during the construction. Sapp said regular users of the trail should be aware of the construction and find alternate routes if possible.

The project, which is funded by the Non-Motorized Transportation Grant, is estimated to cost $108,100. The trail's construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2013.

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.

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John Schultz December 6, 2012 | 5:46 p.m.

Wasn't this project completed just a bit ago, and surely had funds for grading and other similar work budgeted? Is their no recourse against the original builder for failing to deliver on the project properly?

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