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CVNT Paving Update

The Cedar Valley Nature Trail between Shultz Road and Iowa Street in Center Point is still under construction, so we’d like to remind trail users to stay off the trail until construction has finished. Staying off the trail will help construction continue on schedule, and riding into a construction zone is dangerous!
 
With that being said, the construction is expected to be completed by the first week or two of November as long as the weather stays favorable.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ely Fall Fest 5k

The Ely Fall Fest 5k will be using a portion of the Hoover trail from Ely Road to the City Park from 7:00pm tonight to 8:15pm.  The trail is not closed to other users, but please be considerate of the event, and follow all safety and etiquette rules when using the trail.

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The City of Cedar Rapids has closed the Cedar River Trail at two locations due to flooding. The trail is closed under the 8th Ave SE Bridge (above left). The Cedar River Trail is also closed along A St SW between 15th Ave SW and the landfill due to flood protection measures and flooding (above right). The Sac and Fox Trail near the Indian Creek Nature Center is closed due the high river level. Part of the Prairie Park Fishery Trail is also closed. The Ellis Trail is closed near Ellis Park and Manhattan Park as result of water over the trail. In addition, the City of Marion has closed a section of the Boyson Trail near Donnelly Park due to high water on Indian Creek. All closures are marked with signs and barricades with no designated detours.
For your safety, please use caution and remember the following:
• Avoid riding or walking through water that covers an entire section of trail.
• When sections of trail are closed due to flooding, obey all barricades and signage. Refrain from moving and/or going around barricades.
• Slow down when standing water, mud and/or debris are found on the trail after the water recedes.
• Linn County has several other trail opportunities to explore while these trail sections are closed.
These sections of trail could reopen this weekend as the river level falls below flood stage.

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The National Weather Service is predicting the Cedar River at Cedar Rapids to reach a flood stage of 14.7 feet on Tuesday, June 24th.  Flooding will impact the Cedar River Trail near the 8th Ave. Bridge, at the CRANDIC Railroad Bridge underpass, and south of Sokol Park as early as Sunday, June 22nd. In addition, high water may restrict trail usage of the Sac and Fox Trail, between the Indian Creek Nature Center and Cole St., and the Prairie Park Fishery Trail.  In the past, river stages above 11 feet limit the usage of trails located near Cedar River. For your safety, please use caution and remember the following:

  • Avoid riding or walking through water that covers an entire section of trail.
  • When sections of trail are closed due to flooding, obey all barricades and signage. Refrain from moving and/or going around barricades.
  • Slow down when standing water, mud and/or debris are found on the trail.
  • Linn County has several other trail opportunities to explore while these trail sections are closed.

Current river levels can be found at the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service website:  http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=dvn&gage=cidi4. LCTA will provide updates of trail closures and openings during the next week.

 

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Following the Marion Master Trails Plan input meeting, a website and survey have been created to collect additional feedback.

The City of Marion also has a new online mapping tool for trail comments and input.  This tool can be used to suggest new trails, safety improvements, or even general comments about the trails.  The mapping tool can be found at this URL: http://marion-soulside.dotcloud.com/

If you’d like to fill out the survey, the PDF is attached in following link.  Please complete it, and either return it to City Hall, or e-mail it to Kesha Billings at [email protected]
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Lindale Trail is now open

The Cedar Rapids segment of the Lindale Trail is now paved.  The Trail is open!  This trail is unique in the Metro area in that it includes 3 ft gravel paths on either side of the 10 ft asphalt pavement.  We hope this accommodates both runners and bikers.  Bike traffic significantly increases when a trail is paved but runners strongly prefer a gravel path.  We would like to know if this should be a design standard for future trail construction when sufficient width allows.

Lindale Trail

Linn County Trails Association (LCTA) initiated the Lindale Trail project 3 years ago when Tom Treharne, Marion Planning & Development Director, suggested that we adopt the project to continue the trail in Marion that extended to the Marion City Limit on an abandoned railroad right-of-way.  LCTA has contributed over $55,000 to the development, including a $15,000 contribution from Rockwell Collins.  The City of Cedar Rapids has contributed the crushed limestone, the crews and equipment to grade and pave the trail and $16,000 towards the cost of asphalt.  THIS WAS A TEAM EFFORT AND WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED IF ALL PARTIES HAD NOT CONTRIBUTED!

Projects like this are funded by the LCTA supporters that make annual contributions to LCTA for trail development in the Linn County Area.  Please add your support.  TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE TRAILS HAPPEN!

Lindale Trail is located north of Blairs Ferry Rd extending east from C Ave NE (in front of Walgreens).

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Lindale Trail Paving

The Cedar Rapids portion of the Lindale Trail is in the process of being paved! Work should be finished by Tuesday (10/15), so please use caution if you plan to use this trail before then.  Please check the trails status page for the latest updates on all Linn County Trails.

http://linncountytrails.org/maps/trail-status/

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