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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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New Online Trail Count Reporting

postLCTA 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!

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No July LCTA Board Meeting

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!

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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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