Cedar Valley Trail Paving Work

Work on the Cedar Valley Trail is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 19.  Scheduled work on the trail includes paving north of County Home Rd to Schultz Rd (6.8 miles).  Top Grade Excavating of Farley, Iowa is the contractor hired for this project.  The project will take approximately 4 months to complete.  This portion of the trail will be closed until the project is complete.

Top Grade Excavating reported that work would start with pipe work and rough grading north of Lafayette Road (working north), then proceeding from the south end of the project, working north.

While this segment of the Cedar Valley Trail is closed, Linn County Conservation Department encourages users to explore other trail options in Linn County.

Last summer, the Hoover Trail was paved from Cedar Rapids to Ely, which provides another paved surface route in Linn County.  For users interested using non-paved surfaces, Squaw Creek Park is home to trails for mountain biking.  Pinicon Ridge Park has several miles of trails for hiking or walking.  Additionally, the Grant Wood Trail provides a great running, walking, or biking opportunity in rural Iowa.

4 responses to “Cedar Valley Trail Paving Work

  1. That’s real nice. Let’s put petroleum product over a NATURE trail. A trail marked as a wildlife preserve and is only as wide as a railroad right of way. Who are you geniuses that make these decisions because this is severely messed up to pave this and also waste all this money in the worst economic times since the Great Depression. I guess if you are Linn County Conservation you gotta keep spending to stay relevant and keep your jobs. Ridiculous. Stupid decisions.

    • Hi Matt,
      Linn County Conservation Department always appreciates hearing from stakeholders regarding our projects. By paving this particular trail, access will be opened up for more individuals. We’ve had a tremendous amount of support in moving forward with this project for several reasons. The amount of time the trail can be used when it is paved versus gravel increases by months. Data shows that once trais are paved, the usage goes up – it is more accessible for wheelchairs, rollerblades, bicycles.

      We do understand that paving isn’t the optimal choice for everyone. We have heard from people who like to run on the trails that pavement is not ideal. We do still have several trails within our parks that remain un-paved, including the Grant Wood Trail along Hwy 13.

      The funding for this project came from a variety of sources and showed the broad support individuals and organizations had for this project. Being outdoors and using the trail system is a popular activity in our county that is free and accessible for thousands of users. Despite the difficult economic times, we have continued to see trails in our county being used.

      Again, thank you for your thoughts regarding this project.

    • First of all, a large portion of the funds came from private donations. This was a joint venture between government and private funds.

      This project will help spread out users and reduce congestion on the existing paved trails in the area. Safety for users will be increased.

      Increase paved trails in the area will help promote tourism. My wife and I travel all over the country to ride paved trails. The CR area is lacking when it comes to paved trails compared to other thriving communities in the country.

      Paving the trail will hopefull lead to more users and in turn lead to a healthier community. The money spent on paving will be returned to the community many times over in reduced medical costs.

      It only takes a little common sense to understand the benefits of paving this trail.

  2. My wife and I live in Hiawatha and are less then a quarter mile from the junction of the Cedar Valley and Ceder River nature trails. We are avid users and have ridden many miles on both trails. We have also ridden the Hoover. We both appreciate the paved sections of the trail and hope that the paving will continue. As Dave stated above, there are many reasons why the paving is a benefit.

    We recently returned from Lanesboro MN where the Root River Trail is located. The trail is totally paved and links Lanesboro and 6 or 7 other small towns. The towns embrace the trail and shops, restaurants etc can be found where the trails go through those towns. There are bike racks everywhere. Also the trail itself has picnic tables, storm shelters, and are well marked to guide the cyclists.

    Our trails have the same potential as the Root River Trail. If Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, Waterloo, Ely, and other small towns and cities embraced the trails they might find the trails provide more than just a recreational benefit to them. Just think what an expansion of bike lanes leading to from the trails would do especially if shops etc are near the trails.

    I could go on but the point is the paved trails are a great idea. Thanks Linn County Conservation. Keep up the good work!

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