West Papio Trail closure

This stretch of the West Papio Trail will be closed for three months. The Giles Road underpass is undergoing a bank stabilization project, which will deal with erosion along the east bank of the West Papillion Creek.

The Giles Road underpass on the West Papio Trail closed Friday and will remain closed until October, officials said.

That stretch of trail, which is about a fifth of a mile long, is closed for a bank stabilization project.

The project will address erosion along the east bank of the West Papillion Creek, said Eric Williams, the natural resources planner for the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District. Crews will place rock on the bank and remove trees to stabilize soil.

“Construction crews have started clearing trees,” Williams said. “We want trail users to know the Papio NRD will reseed and replant along the bank to maintain the natural feel of this historic corridor.”

Williams also said there will be heavy equipment on the underpass. He encouraged people not to walk or ride through the underpass, as the trail still will be accessible in nearby areas.

The trail will remain open to users during underpass construction at the corner of 108th Street and Giles Road and at the trailhead parking lot off Harry Andersen Avenue.

Construction also began in late May on a two-mile stretch of the trail just south of the Giles Road underpass, on the east side of 96th Street and at the Walnut Creek connector. That project is on schedule to finish by the end of next week, said Martin Cleveland, the project’s construction engineer.

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