With construction on I-235 progressing, plans called for demolishing the rail bridge over the Big Ditch. Wait! Don’t do that!
That’s a key connector for the Prairie Sunset Trail into Wichita, as well as being an ideal way for westsiders to get across town. Why not keep this rail trail all the way to West St, where it can connect up to the rail lines near Friends and Newman Universities into Delano and tie together big parts of the trail network?
Currently the bridge is closed but inspectors have determined it can be made safe for bike/pedestrian traffic with the addition of handrails and resurfacing. The current construction plan leaves it intact until 2019, but there are no safeguards after that, no long-term plan. We need to let our representatives know that this is an important part of our network.
Please contact Senators Dan Kerschen, Dan.Kerschen@senate.ks.gov and Les Donovan, Les.Donovan@senate.ks.gov to indicate your support for keeping the railroad bridge located just south of Kellogg and I-235 so that the Prairie Sunset Trail can continue into Wichita to connect with the other existing and planned routes in the Wichita Master Bicycle Plan.
Other views of the bridge: