Sunday, April 22, 2012

Ol' Grandad

The Ol’ Grandad reroute is open, complete and ready for your riding, running or hiking pleasure. Today we finished up the southern section of OGD (the old Olive Garden area) and a short reroute of WTT extending it a little further North.  This moved Intersection 15 (OGD/WTT) a hundred or so yards North of where it once was.  We also did a little repair work to the forked tree on the Pulpit Trail.    

Today's Crew:

Mark Ruehter 
Steve Rice 
Tim King
Rich Bowman
Seth Bowman
Grayson Bowman
Kelly Peitzman
Neale Shour   

Thanks guys for getting it finished up!

Many or most of the SMV crew at some point has worked on this major reroute and I'm thankful to all of you.  

You guys are the best crew in town!! 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Ladies Demo day at Smithville

The Wheel will be up at Smithville on April 15th for Demo day geared for the Ladies. The Demo day starts at 11 a.m. and runs to 3 p.m. They are setting up at Sailboat Cove and will have food and drink at the Gazebo.

There will be all types of bikes to demo from Carbon road bikes to Full suspension mountain bikes and everything in between. These are the Liv/giant bikes designed and dedicated for the female rider. There will be something for everyone. 

There will be paved trail routes, road routes and off-road routes to try the bikes on.

What to bring:
- Helmet - If you don't have one there will be a few available
- Shoes and pedals - If you ride with clipless pedals bring your with you and they will put them on your test ride. If you can't get your pedals off, bring your bike and they will take care of it.
- Sunscreen
- Clothes - you may want to bring a change of clothes so that you can hang out after the ride and enjoy food and beverages. 

The Wheel will also be doing a Basic Bike Maintenance clinic for Ladies on Monday April 16th from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Take your riding knowledge to the next level and learn how to fix a flat, keep your bike in good condition, adjust the brakes and more.

Route W Bridge Repairs Begin Soon at Smithville Lake

Repairs prompt bridge closure
CLAY COUNTY, Mo - The Missouri Department of Transportation is preparing for bridge repairs on the Route W bridges over the Smithville Lake Reservoir beginning Friday, April 13. These bridges will receive needed structural repairs requiring restrictions to traffic in the area.
The Route W Bridge near Little Platte Park will be reduced to one lane beginning Friday, April 13, to allow crews to safely conduct joint repairs on the deck of the bridge. A temporary traffic signal will be used to move motorists safely across the structure, and access to the boat ramp will be maintained during the bridge work.
The Route W Bridge at Owl Creek Arm will undergo extensive substructure repair at the expansion bent of the bridge, requiring complete road closure. Beginning Monday, April 23, crews will close Route W between Route C and Route J. Although the road will be closed, local traffic will have continued access up to the bridge. Traffic will be detoured using Routes C and J to bypass the bridge closure. Work on the bridges will be done consecutively and is weather dependent. All work is scheduled for completion by the end of May in time for Memorial Day weekend.
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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Workday Postponed Again

We've decided to postpone today's workday due to rain. We'll try again next weekend so stay tuned.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Workday Reschedule to April 7th

The workday scheduled for Sunday (oops, it's Easter!) will be held tomorrow, Saturday April 7th, instead. From 8am until noon. We'll meet at the Smoke and Davey TH on Highway "W" just east of the "W" bridge. Hope to see you there!