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Trail Under Renner Road Is Complete

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on October 8, 2011

Trail Complete Under Renner Road

The trail under Renner Road is finally complete (although not officially opened). Check out the video from the north side to the south:

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Trail Under Renner Progress – Forms Are Up, Cement Is Being Poured

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on October 3, 2011

It’s been a couple of weeks since our last progress report. The city is finally getting close to completing the trail under Renner Road. All of the forms are up and they’ve started pouring the concrete on the north side. What’s interesting about this part of the process, compared to when they worked on the trail under Central, is that the side rail is already up. My guess is that it’s because of safety issues – since there’s a 12 foot drop on the other side.

Here are some pics:

Last Of The Trail Connection - South Side Of Renner

Forms Leading From The Existing Spring Creek Trail - South Side Of Renner

Forms Are Set - South Side Of Renner

Forms Continue Under Renner Road - Facing North

To Be Continued - Facing South

View Of Where Forms Meet Concrete Under Renner Road - Facing South

Semi-Paved Under Renner - Facing South

North Side Of Renner Road Facing South. Note Side Rail.

Connecting On The North Side Of Renner

View Of The Trail Connection, North Side Of Renner - Facing North

Trail Goes Under Traffic

View From Above - On Renner Road (east bound traffic)

Major Progress With The Trail Under Renner Road

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on September 18, 2011

It’s been a few weeks since we reported on the Spring Creek Trail construction under Renner Road. When we checked on Labor Day, they had started to back-fill the area inside of the retaining wall. But, last week, it actually looked like some of that was dug back up.

This week, however, the underpass looks much more complete. Most of the inside area has been filled and now it looks like it’s well on it’s way to having the actual trail forms built.

Here are some pics:

Filled And Ready For Pavement

Facing North From The South Side Of Renner

Filled Underpass

Here You Can See How Much They Filled In

Path Filled Under Renner Road

Under Renner Facing North

Under Renner Road

Facing South (under Renner)

To see more posts about this and other Spring Creek Trail upgrades, click over to the Maps section of this site.

Renner Road Underpass – Retaining Wall Progress

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on August 27, 2011

Retaining Wall Progress

Looks like it’s all coming together. I would have taken more pics, but the crew was working on it – even on a Saturday.

UPDATE: Went back on Sunday and took a few more pics. Enjoy:

South Side Renner Road

Just Another Brick

HUGE Retaining Wall

North Side Renner Road

More Renner Road Underpass Progress

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on August 14, 2011

It’s been a couple of weeks since we’ve checked on the progress of the Renner Road trail underpass. We were quite surprised to see so much progress in such a short amount of time. Now that the retaining wall is going up, we’re starting to get a better idea of how this trail is going to look.

Retaining Wall Progress

Trail Construction Under Renner Road

Trail Under Renner Road – Progress

Posted in Bike Change, City Stuff by dickdavid on July 28, 2011

Trail Progress

Just wanted to post a quick pick of the progress on the trail that will go under Renner Road (just east of Central). I doesn’t look like much, but there is actually quite a bit being done here.

Spring Creek Trail – Central and Renner Road Underpass Updates

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on June 11, 2011

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve been on the Spring Creek Trail, so we thought we would share some updates.

Central Underpass (south of Renner Road)
Let’s start with the – almost complete – Central Expressway (US75) underpass, the one located just south of Renner Road. The last time we checked, all of the cement was poured except the small bit that connected it to the existing trail on the west side. We got an email on May 28th from BFR friend, Dennis, informing us that it was finally poured. Here’s a shot of that:

Gap Finished

West Side Connection To Existing Trail.

Some of the other improvements to this portion of the trail are new guard rails and painted retaining walls. These are the types of details that will make our trail system a nice place to travel – safe and visually pleasing. We’re glad the city has taken the steps to make these routes more than just utility.

Finishing Touches With Paint

Painted Retaining Walls and New Guard Rails

Guard Rails Are Up

New Guard Rails

Renner Road Underpass
The third and last holdout to the completion of the Spring Creek Trail underpass project is the section under Renner Road. This passage will be necessary to access the other Central Underpass, just north of Renner Road. Although behind schedule, quite a bit of progress has been made in the past couple of months. Now it looks like they’ve got a good start on a massive retaining wall.

Under Renner Road

Retaining Wall Construction Under Renner Road

Retaining Wall Construction - Under Renner Road

Retaining Wall Construction Under Renner Road

Follow our coverage of the Spring Creek Trail extension
– Including Under Central Connections:

Trail Construction – 03/11/2010
Under Construction-Two Bike Trails Under Central Expressway
 – 04/03/2010
More Trail Construction Pics – 05/08/2010
Trail Construction Moving Forward Nicely – 06/13/2010
Trail Construction Update Pics – 07/25/2010
More Trail Progress – 08/21/2010
New Guard Rail – 08/28/2010
More Trail Progress – Towards The Central Underpass – 09/26/2010
Central Underpass – Progress On The West Side – 11/28/2010
More Trail Progress – Retaining Walls Under US75 – 12/05/2010
Trail Under Central Progress – More Gabion Walls – 02/13/2011
Trail Under Central Progress – West Side Ramp – 03/06/2011
Spring Creek Trail: North Of Renner Road – A Progress Report – 04/02/2011
Trail Under Central – Serious Progress – 04/17/2011
Took A Ride Under Central Expressway Today – 04/23/2011
Updates To The Central Expressway and Renner Road Underpasses – 05/09/2011

Updates To The Central Expressway and Renner Road Underpasses

Posted in Bike Trails and Routes, City Stuff by dickdavid on May 9, 2011

A bunch has happened since our last report on the almost completion of the first Central Expressway underpass , just south of Renner Road.

View From THe East Side

North of Renner Road, Underpass of Central Expressway - East Side

It now appears that the second Central underpass, just north of Renner Road, has been poured as well. That portion of the Richardson trail – from Alma Road (at the PGB Tollway), running under Central Expressway, then around to Renner Road – is complete.

Coming Out On The West Side

North of Renner Road, Underpass of Central Expressway - West Side

The underpass at Renner Road – connecting this new trail to the existing Spring Creek Trail – is all that is left. As of a few weeks ago, it still looked like there was plenty of work that needed to be done. This weekend, we discovered that quite a bit of progress has happened and that underpass is well on it’s way towards completion.

Check out the pics:

Trail Under Renner Road - Far From Finished

Renner Road Underpass - Not Much Progress A Few Weeks Ago

Major Progress This Week

Renner Road Underpass - Much More Progress This Past Weekend

Trail Construction Under Renner

Renner Road Underpass - Much More Progress This Past Weekend

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Here’s a map for this section of trail:


Follow our coverage of the Spring Creek Trail extension
– Including Under Central Connections:

Trail Construction – 03/11/2010
Under Construction-Two Bike Trails Under Central Expressway
 – 04/03/2010
More Trail Construction Pics – 05/08/2010
Trail Construction Moving Forward Nicely – 06/13/2010
Trail Construction Update Pics – 07/25/2010
More Trail Progress – 08/21/2010
New Guard Rail – 08/28/2010
More Trail Progress – Towards The Central Underpass – 09/26/2010
Central Underpass – Progress On The West Side – 11/28/2010
More Trail Progress – Retaining Walls Under US75 – 12/05/2010
Trail Under Central Progress – More Gabion Walls – 02/13/2011
Trail Under Central Progress – West Side Ramp – 03/06/2011
Spring Creek Trail: North Of Renner Road – A Progress Report – 04/02/2011
Trail Under Central – Serious Progress – 04/17/2011
Took A Ride Under Central Expressway Today – 04/23/2011