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Andover Kansas Andover, Kansas
1609 E Central Ave
P.O. Box 295
Andover, KS 67002
Ph: (316) 733-1303
Fx: (316) 733-4634
Rails-To-Trails/Red Bud Trail
Progress Status

Construction of the long awaited Redbud Trail will begin February 23, 2015. The project consists of minor grading, and concrete surfacing of a 10 foot wide bicycle/pedestrian path on the former BNSF railroad line from 159th St. East to the Andover 13th St. Sports Park. The project is being administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation. Poe and Associates Consulting Engineers will be the project representatives on site.

The contractor, Bryant and Bryant Construction Co., has indicated that work will begin at the 13th St. Sports Park with minor tree trimming and removals to clear the pathway. This will be followed by demolition of the existing Republican Run Creek bridge and construction of a new structure.

Lakeside Drive south of Allison St. may be closed for a short period of time later in the schedule for construction in that area.

Completion of the project is expected to take about 4 months, weather permitting.

Questions? Call Andover City Hall 316-733-1303 or email Les Mangus, Andover Public Works and Community Development Director.

See the links below to see more details about the progress of the project.

September 2, 2014 Status Report
June 3, 2014 Status Report
December 10, 2013 Status Report

Envisioning Group Two Leads the Way to a Railtrail!
The Envisioning Andover strategic plan led Action Group II to focus on developing a railtrail (a multi-use path developed in a disused railway easement) between Andover and Augusta. In the longterm, this trail will also connect to the Redbud Trail in Wichita for a total of more than 20 miles of trail once completed.

Background and Funding Information
Railtrails are typically used for walking, bicycling and sometimes horseback riding. The City of Andover and a grassroots group of citizens are working together to create a hike/bike trail out of the disused BNSF rail. 

The City learned very exciting news on June 7, 2013: Andover's Transportation Enhancement grant application, which was for phase one of the trail (159th Street to the 13th Street Sports Park), has been awarded fully. The grant is based on a $1.7 million project cost and covers 80% via federal funds. 

An open house was held on Thursday, January 4 to inform the public about this process and glean feedback from citizens. For more information about this project, watch this presentation which was given at the City's Rail Trail Open House.

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Get Involved
If you would like to become part of the grassroots citizen group that helps create the Redbud trail through Andover, please contact David Levy the chairperson for this group. 

Soon the group will also be seeking donations to help pay for amenities along the trail including benches, signage, trash cans and the like. The group welcomes any suggestions you may have!