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Restoration of Coal Creek Regional Trail System (published 12.18.13)
Extensive flood-related damage was incurred along Coal Creek Trail in Lafayette during the September 2013 flood. The restoration work on this trail is proving to be a long-term endeavor due to extensive damage at the Public Road underpass and the 120th Street underpass. The City of Lafayette Open Space Division has developed a process for reconstructing the trail and is presently working with engineers to redesign certain portions of the trail and to rechannel sections of the creek. Contractors will begin work in Spring 2014. The trail is anticipated to fully reopen sometime in late Spring/early Summer 2014.

The City appreciates the public's patience during this lengthy process and its willingness to assist with volunteer efforts associated with this disaster. 

Updates will be available from time-to-time on this project page. Trail update status and further details can be found at www.cityoflafayette.com/trails. You may also stay informed on trail progress by signing up for email and text alerts using the City's Notify Me online module - www.cityoflafayette.com/NotifyMe.

Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railbanking Agreement (updated 12.18.13)
In January 2013, the City of Lafayette and BNSF reached a railbanking agreement for the segment of railway between milepost marker 20.80 and 22.05 on the eastern side of Lafayette. Utilizing the federal Rails-to-Trails program, railbanking allows a rail carrier to abandon its use of the railroad so that the corridor may be used for a public use, i.e., a trail. The railroad company has agreed to remove the tiel and steel lines this summer. Once the items have been removed and Coal Creek Trail is reopened, Open Space Staff will work to construct a soft-surface trail that will run from Baseline Road south to 120th Street. This trail segment will be a great north-south connector on the eastern edge of the city.

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