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Robert from Sparta, MO on 9/2/2019 1:43:07 PM:
Rocheport tunnel is still closed per call to the bike shop a few minutes ago. It looks like the official detour is 4.5 miles of a poor bike / unsafe Hwy 40 then spur 240 into Rocheport. On Google maps, there is a farm road / 4-wheel trail - something large enough to show up well, as smaller than the katy trail, from just West of the tunnel up the hill (also down to the river), then into 240 - which I measure about a mile. Even if it's too rough for our hybrids and we walk the whole mile, ? better than 4.5 miles of road ? Does anyone have any info on this ? We will be coming in from the West on 9/14.... worst case is no info, does not work out, we can turn around and then take the road (I will post here after attempting IF there is not info)

Jim from St. Thomas on 9/2/2019 5:49:24 PM:
I think that trail goes to one of the Davisdale Conservation Area parking lots. The area is public land so you could walk it. That said the trail that goes over the tunnel might be closed. I thought there were issues with the stability of the ground above the tunnel. Maybe someone will chime in with more concrete info..

Allen from Shawnee on 9/3/2019 5:04:00 PM:
Mo Dot says bridge at salt creek is out also, that’s close to where 40 hiway goes over the trail, several miles west of the tunnel. I don’t have information that’s it passable. I read somewhere that bridge was off its pilings and the creek was wider there now than before. Maybe a local can chime in on feasibility of getting over it. There is also an area that always floods between salt creek and Rocheport I would expect a lot of silt there if it hasn’t been cleaned up.

Karen C. from Harrisburg, MO on 9/5/2019 6:14:08 AM:
Yes, West of the Rocheport tunnel the bridge is off the pilings and it is a sad mess. Here is one of the pictures I took from Hwy 40. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2796375273709381&set=pcb.2796375380376037&type=3&theater Hopefully the pic comes through. The left of the pic is the trail and the center and right shows the bridge decking that was pushed/pulled off the pilings.

Ray (webmaster) on 9/5/2019 10:42:30 AM:
Sorry Karen, unfortunately Facebook won't let us see that photo. However, if you go to the Trail Conditions page (click the "Trail Conditions Report from trail users" link in the yellow highlighted section at the top of this page) - then scroll down to mile 181 and you'll see a photo of that bridge - or what's left of it. Yeah, that does not look like it will be ready anytime soon. :-(