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.