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More than $40-million dollars allocated to fund trail development during mayor’s tenure.

The Linn County Trails Association board passed a resolution Monday night recognizing Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett for his public service and contributions to trails infrastructure during his time in office.

Mayor Corbett was instrumental in reallocating the formula for the distribution of federal gas tax funds for trail development—from 5% to 80%—during federal funding years 2016–20, greatly assisting in the expansion of the recreational trails system in Linn County during that period.

The Hoover Trail extension, from Ely to the southern Linn County Border, is the first trails project to benefit from the funding reallocation and will open this month. A public ribbon cutting ceremony will be held for the Hoover extension on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10 AM behind Ely City Hall.

Numerous additional trails projects have benefited from the funding prioritization and will see construction in the next 5 years, including the CeMar Trail, the Lindale Trail Extension, the Edgewood Road Trail, and the Cherokee Trail.

Linn County Trails Association commends Mayor Corbett for his wisdom, foresight, effectiveness and ongoing support of the development of recreational trails in Linn County.

 

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After several months of construction and final touches, the Cedar Valley Nature Trail paving project from Schultz Road to Ash Lane in Center Point is complete.

Linn County Trails Association and Linn County Conservation will join to hold a public ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebratory trail excursion, beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Center Point Depot Museum, 700 E. Washington St, Center Point, IA. Rain or shine, guests are encouraged to bike to the event.

The Cedar Valley Nature Trail opened to the public in 1983. Linn County Trails Association’s 2015 Capital Campaign raised more than $100,000 toward the asphalt and concrete surfacing project. A plaque at the train depot in Center Point displays the names of donors and organizations that contributed to the project. The total project cost was $1.36 million, including major funding from Linn County Conservation and $600,000 from the Iowa Department of Transportation’s State Recreational Trails Grant.

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Event organizers say the Pave-the-Trail campaign was a milestone in success. “We’d never before taken on a fundraising initiative of this size,” said LCTA president Tom Peffer. “We were overwhelmed by the support. We couldn’t have done it without the help of our generous LCTA members and donors.”

Both groups’ efforts continue to help close the 22-mile gap in hard surface along the trail, from Center Point to La Porte City. Linn County Conservation is already working to pave the trail to the Linn County line, having just replaced a bridge over West Blue Creek. A bridge replacement over East Blue Creek is tentatively scheduled for next year, which will allow for hard surfacing to continue to Urbana.

The Cedar Valley Nature Trail connects nearly 70 miles from Cedar Falls to Ely on a mix of soft and hard surfaces. It is one of the nation’s oldest rail-trails, and an important segment on the American Discovery Trail, which will eventually connect the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco to the Atlantic Ocean in Delaware.

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Linn County Conservation has let us know that the Cedar Valley Nature Trail from Boyson Road North to Robbins is closed today (6/5) and possibly tomorrow for seal coating the asphalt surface. The CVNT from Shultz Road to Iowa Street is scheduled to be seal coated on Wednesday, so it will be closed during that application.
Please let the crews complete their work and do not cross any barricades you encounter on the trail.

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After several months of construction, the Cedar Valley Nature Trail has reopened to the public in Center Point.

The trail is still closed from 56th Street to Urbana Road due to the bridge replacement over West Blue Creek, and intermittent closures on the trail south through Center Point may be required this summer.

 

We appreciates your patience during these trail improvement projects!

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The parking lot at Cedar Valley Nature Trail — Boyson Road will be CLOSED on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Resealing work will be underway on the asphalt parking surface.

Parking can still be found at the County Home Road and Collins Road lots during this closure.

The closure is anticipated to last one day. Thank you for your patience!

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Sokol Park trail counter is back

LCTA has re-installed the trail counter that was buried in the Skokol Park berm last summer. It is now further down the trail just past the Mt Trashmore entrance but is still called Sokol Park trail counter. When you go by, please stop and report the counts at linncountytrails.org/trailcount. With a smart phone, it is very easy and quick to do on the trail right at the counter.

There is now a temporary mostly black limestone trail from 16th Ave SW (Sokol Park) to the Mt Trashmore entrance where the Cedar River Trail continues. 

All trail counters in the Cedar Rapids Metro Area are now operating except the the counter in Center Point. The Cedar Valley Nature Trail is closed at Iowa St in Center Point due to paving the trail through Center Point. Please stay off the closed trail. The trail should reopen sometime in June. Stay tuned.

 
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CVNT Paving in Center Point

The concrete paving of the Cedar Valley Nature Trail within the town of Center Point has been scheduled to start on Monday, April 3rd, weather permitting.  This section of trail will be paved with concrete, and extends through town and ends at the Apple Creek Bridge.  The bridge over West Blue Creek (NW of Center Point on the CVNT) is still under construction as well, and the contractor hopes to start paving the bridge deck, but it’s also contingent on the weather outlook.

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The Trails are open

Linn County Trail Supporters

The weather is improving and it is time to get out and use the trails. We need you to read and report the trail counter numbers. All counters have now been installed except Center Point and Sokol Park, which are unavailable due to construction. Please use your computer or smart phone to report to linncountytrails.org/trailcount or use the QR code reader with your smart phone. Also check that the counter is working. The smart phone is the quickest and easiest way to make a report by doing it at the counter location. In order to get reliable and smooth data we need reports from each location once or more per week.
 
A map of the trail counter locations is at: http://linncountytrails.org/lcta-trail-counter-locations/.
These reports are very important to justify trail maintenance and construction of new trail.
 
The paving of the Cedar Valley nature Trail up to Iowa St in Center Point is complete and open. Paving through Center Point will be completed this spring.
Thank you for your support
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Linn County Conservation is in the process of replacing the bridge across West Blue Creek, just north of Center Point on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail.  They have shared some construction pictures with us.  At our last board meeting they mentioned that the favorable weather is helping keep the project on schedule.  

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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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