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Construction Crews Work on Pitsco Sunflower Trail in Pittsburg

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Construction crews have been hard at work the last month laying the foundation for a new pathway along the bustling west side of Rouse Street.

"They were bicycling on this street. And it was just, it was just dangerous, it was crazy dangerous. We just felt we needed to get involved in saying to the city, and them I think with us, saying 'let's solve this riddle before someone gets killed,'" says Pitsco CEO Harvey Dean.

Dean brought the idea to the table that he and the city should partner up to build a stretch of sidewalk from Adams Street to the railroad tracks, to be called the "Pitsco Sunflower Trail."

"This one serves two purposes; one Rouse street does not have a sidewalk along the side of it so it'll help get people off the street in the area. But then it also provides for...a place for physical activity, alternate routes, so to speak. So that hopefully we'll connect them with other trails, people can find a route that they like to walk from their house, out and around, and back," says Pittsburg Public Works Director Bill Beasley.

Down the road, project organizers hope to connect this segment of the trail head across the railroad tracks to existing trail heads running throughthe Pittsburg State University campus.The project is part of a greater city connectivity plan that the city hopes to complete in the next several years.

"It's going to provide access to people that want to move on this street that have mobilities that they need to move to get to university or even to get out to the mall. Now that the people on this side of town now can get all the way to the mall on sidewalks," says Dean.

Crews hope to have this sidewalk project done in about a month. The $150-160,000 project was funded by Pitsco and a Sunflower Foundation grant.

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