Rail to Trail Master Plan
Sikeston, Missouri

The City of Sikeston, MO desired the development of a master plan for the conversion of the former Union Pacific Railroad Co rail corridor into a city operated recreational trail facility. 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. 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 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.


Goals and objectives included but where not limited to trail alignment and amenities such as trail heads, road crossings, bridges, site furniture, landscaping, signage, water fountains and light fixtures. The team assisted the City in developing a successful grant proposal for initial funding of Phase 1. As part of the design process, GDS conducted methodical analysis of the existing conditions and provided recommendations and options through evaluation of potential site improvements for the entire trail system. CLICK ON THE IMAGES BELOW FOR DESCRIPTIONS.


  •          5 Mile Trail System

  •          Crosswalk Design

  •          ADA accessibility

  •          Trail Head Design

  •          On-street Connections

  •          Bridge Crossings

  •          Historic Preservation

  •          Natural Resource Protection

  •          Landscape Improvement Guidelines

  •          Storm Water Management


  •          Master Planning

  •          Public Engagement

  •          Cost Estimation

  •          Trail Design


  •          1.3 Million Construction

Phase 1 - Trail Improvements
PHASE 1 - Concept Perspective View
Sikeston Depot Trailhead Concept
Concept Image Road Crossing
Typical Trail Cross Section Detail
Concept Image of Train Playground
Concept Signage Image
Collector Road Crossing Concept
Concept Image of Historic Monument

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Concept Signage Image

Wayfinding for Trail System