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Plans for a new bike path in Washington keep rolling forward.

At its Sept. 27 meeting, the East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWGW) voted to amend its fiscal year 2018-2021 budget to include several transportation alternative program (TAP) grants. Among the projects added was Washington’s proposed new bike path.

Community and Economic Development Director Sal Maniaci said he will attend a workshop Thursday, Nov. 9, to get more information on the project.

The EWGW budget has $750,000 devoted to the project. The city’s share of the price tag would be $170,041 with the grant covering $580,162.

The budget shows $35,000 being awarded in 2018 for engineering with the rest of the funds being released in 2019.

The TAP grant is funded through the Missouri Department of Transportation and the federal government. EWGW administers the grant.

The path would start at Jefferson and Eighth streets and head east before ultimately connecting with the eastern entrance of the Rotary Riverfront Trail.

A big selling point for the city is how the trail connects the downtown area with school facilities.

The city submitted an application for the TAP grant in June following a public unveiling of the plan.

Trail Route

The plan calls for a mixture of on- and off-street trails. The project will involve the city constructing a 10-foot path along Busch Creek on city-owned property.

The path would start at the trailhead at Jefferson and Eighth streets. The area where the old Frick’s building stood will be a parking lot for vehicles and bikes, and contain signage about things to do in Washington.

The trail will head along the creek until it hits Sunnyside Street. The path will split in two directions with a new route to Washington High School and another route heading north on Mac-Arthur Street and then east on Eighth Street.

At Eighth Street and Highway 47, Maniaci said there will be an option for bikers to go north and connect with the trail on the new Missouri River bridge. That trail is expected to connect with the Katy Trail.

Bikers also will be able to continue east along Eighth Street before heading south on Camp Street and then east along Ninth Street until jumping back off-street at International Avenue.

The path will run along the creek at Ninth and Southbend Drive until dipping behind South Point Elementary School. The trail will then move onto Old Highway 100 before heading north on Simmonds Drive and reaching the eastern entrance of the riverfront trail.

Maniaci said the loop of the trail after connecting with the riverfront trail would be about 7 miles.

The on-street portion of the trail is similar to the current bike trail already designated by the city. For the new path there will be no infrastructure changes and the city will not be adding any bike lanes or building sidewalks.

Instead there will be more signs directing people where to go on the greenway and street “sharrows” — painted markings on the street to show the road should be shared between bicyclists and vehicles.