In an open work session before the regular city council meeting on Tuesday, Maplewood officials hashed over their priorities for a still possible Great Rivers Greenway trail.
GRG said in February that Maplewood had delayed the initial process so that it hit the federal funding deadline, but that the project could still be done with GRG’s tax dollars. Mayor Barry Greenberg and City Administrator Marty Corcoran met with GRG after that.
The council, minus Tim Dunn who was away on business, talked over problem areas for the trail. (Future Ward 1 council member Sandi Phillips, elected this month, will be sworn in at the next meeting.)
They discussed parking, street and trail widths, intersections, and the streets of Sussex and Oxford. No one on the council wants the residents of those streets to be negatively impacted. The route is to cross Big Bend at Oxford, and go up Sussex to Greenwood Boulevard.
At the end Corcoran said he would call GRG to find out the deadline for a response from Maplewood. Mayor Barry Greenberg said GRG said that construction could begin in 2019.