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Rail to Trail Master Plan & Phase 1 Design
Sikeston, MO

The City of Sikeston, MO desired the development of a master plan for the conversion of the former Union Pacific Railroad rail corridor into a city operated recreational trail facility. Gateway Design Studio with The i5 Group developed a master plan creating a vision for the trail as an important link to the City’s downtown district and neighborhoods. The team examined existing conditions, developed a phasing plan, conceptual trail options and cost estimates. Public engagement was part of the scope which included stakeholder meetings and open houses.



The project goal was to develop a multi-use recreational trail that links to nearby park and trail systems, beautifying this corridor adjacent to one of the main thoroughfares through the city. Phase 1 improvements included the design and construction of approximately 3,300 linear feet or .62 miles of multi-use trail. Encompassed in the improvements are main trailheads at the historic Sikeston Depot and at the Main Street intersection terminus. Improvements at the Sikeston Depot Trail Head call for a future park with pavilion, special pavement, historic markers, improved parking and a railroad themed inclusive playground.




  • 5 Mile Trail System

  • Crosswalk Design

  • ADA accessibility

  • Trail Head Design

  • 3,300 L.F. Trail Section

  • Historic Preservation

  • Crosswalk Design

  • ADA accessibility

  • Trail Head Park Design

  • Signage/Wayfinding

  • Landscape Improvement Guidelines

  • Storm Water Management


  • Master Trail Planning

  • Park Planning       

  • Public Engagement

  • Cost Estimation

  • Project Visioning​​

  • Preliminary and Final Construction Documents

  • Construction Observation


  • 1.3 Million Construction

Phase 1 - Trail Improvements
Depot Trail Head Location
Trail Cross Section Detail
Trail section looking east with rest area
Depot Trail Head Concept Plan
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