Pittsburg residents split over multi-use trail - KOAM TV 7

Pittsburg residents split over multi-use trail

Updated: Jan 16, 2014 10:56 PM
Some residents living on the south side of Pittsburg want the city to build a new multi-use trail. That was the focus of a community meeting held Thursday night. 

Pittsburg already has several multi-use trails, but adding one more has some on edge.  

Pittsburg resident Ken Waltrip said before the city makes a decision on a multi-use trail in front of his home, he has more questions.  

"I'm still undecided I want to take a little bit of time to weigh the issues out." 

Others feel differently. A group living in the same district approached Pittsburg officials and asked the city to draft a plan, and the city complied.

"It's something that we looked at with our trails in the future, but with funding and so forth it wasn't something on top of our radar," said Troy Graham, Pittsburg Director of Planning.

The trail drafted would be a mile long, 10 ft. wide, multi-use trail for walkers, and bikers along the west side of South Rouse. 

City leaders say the trail would cost $900,000. Pittsburg plans on apply for a grant through the Kansas Department of Transportation. And If residents in the district near the trail are willing to pay a little out of pocket, it's more likely Pittsburg would be awarded the grant. 

Until then residents say something needs to be done. 

"The cost is not a issue for human life cost is never a issue," said Tyler

CORRECTION:  We originally reported the cost of the trail being $9 million.  In fact, the trail would cost $900,000.

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