Dallas County Conservation Decides on Route for Connector Trail
The Raccoon River Valley Trail to High Trestle Trail connector project is making progress.
The Dallas County Conservation Board recently decided on the path the connector trail will take between Perry and Woodward. Perry Chamber Director and Raccoon River Valley Trail Association Board Member Bob Wilson explains.
“(The Conservation Board has) committed to what was route A, which would be 130th Street, through Bouton and then connecting to Woodward eventually using both existing railroad bed and road shoulders. Basically this opens up the potential for more grant funding. So now there’s actually a pinpointed targeted route, now they can say what they’re going for, actually start the engineering side of it. So it’s going, hopefully it’ll happen in under five years.”
Wilson says he continues to feel this connector is a huge step for communities on both trails in really making Iowa a cycling destination.
“This is huge. This is I think one of the biggest opportunities for bringing in tourism dollars, bringing in new visitors, also improving the quality of life for our current residents. Giving more opportunities for walking, biking, and seeing more parts of our region too.”
We will continue to bring you more information on this developing story as news becomes official.
Asphalt Overlay Project Starts Today in Perry
The City of Perry is starting the 2016 asphalt overlay project today.
Nearly 45 blocks of city streets will be resurfaced in the next few weeks. Manatts Inc out of Brooklyn, Iowa has been contracted for the project. They will start with the eastern potion of the city and then move west. Residents can expect some minor disruptions to traffic during the project but this should be limited to the daytime hours only and crews will be placing door hangers on homes in advance of the project.
All motorists are asked to be respectful to the workers and avoid the construction areas as much as possible.
The $850,000 project is being funded through the City’s one cent Local Option Sales Tax and the new 10 cent fuel tax that was approved by the legislature last year.
The overlay project is expected to be completed within two weeks.
Anyone with questions can call City Hall at 465-2481.