After taking care of a couple of errands while out on my bike, I decided to check the trail to see how the changes were progressing.
the last time I came through, but today there were people working on it. I walked over to the new interchange and rode to the Parksmith trail entrance/exit.
The end of the trail leaves something to be desired. You're dumped onto a sidewalk on Farwell where it intersects with Hwy 395.
It's a shame they couldn't curl it into the parking lot instead. It's like an end of a trail you can't get to until you hit the end of the trail. The current design doesn't lend itself to beginning here.
Once the Parksmith interchange bridge is complete I'll add this to my list of longer commute routes. Starting near Northwood Middle School, I can be traffic free until Freya, back in traffic until I hit Upriver Drive, and then have bike lane and Centennial Trail to downtown. That's pretty tolerable in my book.