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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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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.

 

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Bike Boulevards and New Bike Lanes

The City of Marion is actively working on debuting what could be Iowa’s first or second Bicycle Boulevard this summer. Marion continues to work on the full details of the plan. For more general information on what Bicycle Boulevards are, please see this link:http://nacto.org/cities-for-cycling/design-guide/bicycle-boulevards/

The City of Cedar Rapids is also considering plans to add more bike lanes to two key streets in town.  The infrastructure committee has just approved sending a plan to the Cedar Rapids City Council to place bike lanes on Boyson Road from C Street east to Marion.  The added bike lanes will have a calming effect on traffic, and will give cyclists a protected space to travel in.  LCTA has been advocating for this change, and we could use your help!  The plan to add bike lanes on Boyson will come before the council during the April 14th meeting at noon. CR City Council meetings are held downtown in City Hall, 101 1st St. SE. in the Cedar Rapids Council Chambers, 3rd Floor.  Attending this meeting would be a great way to show your support for this needed change.

 

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