The Linn County Trails Association has decided to move our board meetings and have also decided on a new meeting time.
Cedar Rapids Water Administration Building
1111 Shaver Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Attendees should use the gated entrance between the trees.
Time: The second Monday of each month at 6:00PM
Please update your calendars!
LCTA has tracked trail usage since 2004. It is an important means to justify trail construction and maintenance by demonstrating the importance of trails. We rely on trail users to report the counts. In the past that was entirely by email reports. We have now moved to a more efficient online reporting system. The counts can be reported from the trail with your smart phone or at home from your computer. The online reporting link is linncountytrails.org/trailcount. We also have posted a QR code on each counter that will identify the location of the counter and record the current date and time so you will only need to enter the 6 digit count to make a report. Free QR reader apps are available from Google Play or Apple App Store.
We have infra-red counters at 12 locations within the Metro Area. See a map of counter locations at linncountytrails.org/lcta-trail-counter-locations/. (The Center Point counter has been removed in preparation for paving.) Each counter post has a yellow sign explaining how to report the counts and the QR code for that location.
PLEASE HELP US PROMOTE MORE AND BETTER TRAILS IN THE METRO AREA.
REPORT THE TRAIL COUNTS!
LCTA will not hold our normal board meeting this month on the second Monday of the month. We will reconvene on August 10th at 7:00pm.
Enjoy the trails!
Cyclists are encouraged to ride to the Marion Uptown Farmer’s Market on Saturday June 13th for a chance to win $25 in Uptown Bucks for use at Uptown Marion businesses. The Farmer’s Market will be held at City Square Park from 8:00am to noon on Saturday June 13th.
The asphalt sealing that was originally scheduled for May 5th has been rescheduled for May 28th, but it depends on fair weather conditions. The sealing will occur on the Hoover Trail from 76th Ave to Ely.
May 18th Press Release from Linn County Conservation:
Cedar Valley Nature Trail to Close During Construction
Linn County Conservation announces that portions of the Cedar Valley Nature Trail from the north edge of Center Point to Urbana will be closed periodically starting May 20. Utility companies will be preparing for utility line upgrades later this fall and will be working on the trail to prepare the site for the upgrade.
Sections of the trail will close when work is in progress and will re-open when work activity ends for the day. Sections of the trail are likely to be closed through July 1. Additional closings may occur periodically through the end of 2015, as utility work continues through that time.
The closing is primarily due to work that ITC will be doing to upgrade an existing transmission line serving the region. ITC is doing ground work that will improve drainage around the trail. The company is also planting native grasses and flowers in the area.
Conservation Director Dan Biechler commented, “We have been working with ITC to enhance the trailside vegetation in conjunction with their planned transmission line upgrade. Although this work will require temporary closures of the trail, the resulting landscape will be consistent with Linn County’s commitment to enhancing the beauty of the trail and the experience for trail users.”
For up to date information on trail conditions, call the Linn County Conservation Department at (319) 892-6450.
Linn County Conservation announces that the Hoover Trail from 76th Avenue to Ely will be closed on Tuesday, May 5. A private contractor will be applying asphalt sealer requiring the trail to be closed until the product dries. The trail will reopen approximately six hours after the sealer has been applied depending on drying conditions. The sealer is applied to the asphalt trail to extend the life of the asphalt and reduce long-term maintenance costs. Rain date for sealer application will be Wednesday, May 6. The sealer cannot be applied if rain is in the forecast, so the application could be delayed further depending on weather conditions. For up to date information on trail conditions, call the Linn County Conservation Department at (319) 892-6450.
Update:The resealing has been rescheduled for a later date due to wet conditions on the trail.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Solon City Hall – Council Chambers, 101 N. Iowa St., Solon, IA
All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. to discuss the proposed extension of the Hoover Nature Trail in Johnson County between Solon and Ely. The meeting will be conducted utilizing an open forum format. Johnson County Conservation Board and McClure Engineering Company (consultant) staff will be present to informally discuss the proposed trail extension. No formal presentation will be made. The meeting space is accessible for persons with disabilities. However, if you require special accommodations, please notify the Johnson County contact listed below by March 31.
Brad Freidhof, Johnson County Conservation Program Manager
2048 Highway 6 NW
Oxford, IA 52322
Linn County Conservation officials announced today that upcoming trail improvement activities will impact access to the Grant Wood Trail in the vicinity of Highway 13. Two planned construction projects will require the closure of the west end of the trail on the east side of Highway 13 starting approximately April 2.
Construction activity will start on a new parking area at the south end of 62nd Street in Marion on March 31. This parking area will serve as a trailhead for trail users who formerly accessed the trail from Highway 13.
Later in April, construction is expected to start on the trail underpass at Highway 13. The highway underpass will allow the Grant Wood Trail to be connected with the city of Marion’s trail system. The underpass will require removal of the current trail access and parking area near Highway 13.
Linn County Conservation Director Dan Biechler commented, “This parking area and underpass project will connect two locally-important trail segments and allow people in Marion to easily and safely access the Grant Wood Trail. We anticipate that construction activity will require closure of the trail for a few months. I anticipate we will be able to reopen the trail by late June.”
Trail users may visit the Linn County Conservation Department website at LinnCountyParks.com for project updates or call 892-6450 for updates on work progress and the latest information regarding when the trail will reopen.