Gravel trail repairs continue after flooding

Friday, June 7, 2013 | 5:31 p.m. CDT
Columbia Public Works employees Jack Kirkman, left, and Eric Schmittel work to repair the MKT trail Friday east of Forum Boulevard between the 2 and 2.7 mile markers. The trail was damaged during flooding.

COLUMBIA — Crews from Columbia Parks and Recreation continue to repair damage to the city's major gravel trails.  

Crews spent most of the week repairing the Bear Creek Trail west of Creasy Springs Road. This portion of the trail had multiple washouts including one that was 30 feet long and 1 foot deep, groundskeeper and forestry assistant Eric Schmittel said.

The Bear Creek Trail received an estimated 10 to 15 loads of gravel, Schmittel said. In addition to the washout damage, the boardwalk east of Creasy Springs Road to the Garth Nature Area will be closed due to water-weakening, he said.  Detour maps will be posted at the site.

The MKT Nature and Fitness Trail east of Forum Boulevard also underwent repairs this week. Like the Bear Creek Trail , this portion of the MKT had washouts and the trail needed resurfacing, Schmittel said. The Hinkson Creek Trail was also damaged but to a lesser extent.

These trails are currently useable, but crews will return on Monday to continue work. At this time, the cost of these repairs is unknown.

Supervising editor is Katie Moritz.


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Derrick Fogle June 7, 2013 | 9:49 p.m.

The portion of the Hinkson Creek / MU recreation trail that branches off the MKT and goes around the agricultural fields, on the levy, got pretty heavily damaged. The pictured area got hit really bad. The MKT up around the Garth Extension area suffered some lesser damage too. It's very disheartening to see.

I'm very thankful for all the work being done to repair the trails. They are an extremely popular recreational asset, and of course vital transportation infrastructure for me and others. Thank you trail repair crews, I tip my helmet to you!

In semi-related news, the big snapping turtle has disappeared from the quarry lake spillway area since the heavy rain and flooding. No turtle scratch marks on the bottom, nothing. He had been there every day for the previous few weeks; i was even feeding it mulberries a few days before the flood. I hope it comes back.

I do see turtle scratch marks around the low water bridge, and I know there were two more large snappers in that area before the flood (I can confirm at least 3 different ones all together). I have yet to see the turtles themselves since the flooding though.

Reminder that my Picture a Day series project is still going on.
Site 1 is at:
Site 2 is at: I even got photobombed by a black labrador today!
Site 3 is still unpublished.

I don't have pics of the highest floodwaters, but each set includes an extra picture after one of the the heavy rains, currently the highest-water pictures I have of the creek so far. No pictures of what damaged the trails though; one of my camera jigs was completely underwater!

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Derrick Fogle June 8, 2013 | 12:53 p.m.

OK, make me look foolish. Big Snapper has returned today!

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