Crews will begin installing detour signs Monday in Paducah in preparation for the Tuesday closing of the Brookport Bridge to install an underpass connecting two sections of the Greenway Trail. Contractors will have 21 consecutive days to install the 52-foot long lighted underpass at U-S 45.
Signage, quarter mile markers, intersection safety devices, and a shelter will also be installed in this phase of the trail.
In September 2013, the City approved a $672,502 contract with Harper Construction for approximately 1.2 miles of concrete pedestrian and bicycle trail on the City’s floodwall levee between the Skatepark at Noble Park and U.S. 45 behind the Smoke Shop. This trail phase involves crossing Cairo Road (KY305) with signage and pavement markings for trail-users and drivers in addition to a pedestrian underpass at U.S. 45. The underpass is a gentle path off the floodwall levee that traverses the short underpass, then returns onto the levee. Retaining walls will be on either end of the underpass.
This Greenway Trail phase is funded primarily by a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Transportation Enhancement Grant of $500,000. The City also has remaining funds from a previous Greenway Trail project, a 2010 bond, and the Boyles Estate Community Foundation, an endowment designated for walking and biking trails in Paducah.
Paducah currently has two sections of trail available to the public. In 2008, the City opened a 1.75 mile trail segment between Noble Park and County Park Road. In 2012, the 1.67 mile segment between Campbell Street (next to Paducah Expo Center) and U.S. 45 (North 8th Street) opened. Once this phase is completed, the Trail will stretch 4.6 miles.