On August 26 the last leg of the Cedar Valley Trail was opened, from downtown Ely to the Johnson County line.
|Trail displays and guides were provided by the Linn County Trails Association|
|Not quite finished: intersection of Ely and Seven Sisters Roads|
|Posh new bridge|
|Where it ends, for now|
Access to Lake MacBride State Park and the town of Solon will be via this roundabout:
There was some rain on the ride, inevitably, but not enough to throw it off.
The same cannot be said for the annual Mayors' Bike Ride on Labor Day.
The forecast called for heavy rains with thunder, forcing its cancellation. There was a lot of rain that weekend:
|A dry and sunny Mayors' Bike Ride in 2015|
More rain later in the month both delayed completion and forced postponement of the scheduled September 30 opening of a new stretch of the Grant Wood Trail near Marion. The Cedar River got above flood stage three separate times...
|3rd Avenue bridge, 25 September 2018|
There's no questioning public interest in trails, particularly after the extraordinary turnout at a late October forum on how a ped-bike trail included in the Tower Terrace Road project will interface with Interstate 380, where there will be a new exit constructed in the next few years.
Tower Terrace Road will be gradually improved, to accommodate current congestion and anticipated future growth, from Edgewood Road to Route 13.
Given current rates of funding, that will take approximately 30 years to complete! However, the exit off the Interstate is of highest priority and is expected to happen soon.
Current plans call for at-grade crossings across exit ramps.
An alternative proposal is to route the path through a tunnel to avoid cross-traffic.
The alternative is somewhat more expensive--maybe $500,000 on top of an $18 million project--but the attendees appeared strongly supportive. I agree... the additional cost is marginal, and would ensure the path got used. It will be a cool way to get from Marion and the northern parts of Cedar Rapids to Wickiup Hill Park, but only if people feel they can safely ford the highway.