The Missouri Capitol Complex receives over 400,000 visitors annually making the potential conflict of rail crossings significant. The Island begins as an eight-span pedestrian/bicycle bridge connecting the Missouri State Capitol Complex to the 30-acre parkland located north of the Union Pacific Railroad. The proposed overpass will span the railroad and slope gently down to meet the existing ground elevation on The Island. The slope of the trail and bridge will meet ADA standards, enabling all users to have access and enjoy the facility.
The Island is a passive recreational area with trails to allow visitors to hike through the wooded area and experience the riparian environment along the banks of the Missouri River.
The proposed project location offers visitors views of Lohman’s Landing, a State Historic Site. Lohman’s Landing was the original settlement, which became Missouri’s State Capital and the City of Jefferson.