Taum Sauk Settlement Clears Way for Katy Trail Expansion

KANSAS CITY, MO - Trail enthusiasts and cyclists are excited about the expansion of the Katy Trail as part of a settlement in the Taum Sauk Reservoir collapse.

The cross-state 225-mile trail that stretches from Clinton to St. Charles would move closer to Kansas City under the settlement.

Ameren reached an agreement with the state worth nearly $180 million in the reservoir collapse that injured five people and damaged Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.

As part of the settlement, Ameren agreed to pay the Department of Natural Resources $18 million to extend the Katy Trail along 46 miles of the company's Rock Island Railroad.

Trail promoters are trying to make the final connections so bicyclists can ride the trail from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis to the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City.

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