Let’s Connect trail project lands $366,000 state DOT grant

The $366,000 State Recreational Trails Grant from the Iowa DOT will go toward phase-one construction of the connector trail between 18th Street and 130th Street. Source: Farm and Home Publishing

The Raccoon River Valley Trail’s Perry-to-Woodward connector trail was one of five Iowa projects winning funding from the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) State Recreational Trails Grant, the DOT announced Tuesday.

The Dallas County Conservation Board received DOT approval for $366,000 in funding for the nine-mile trail project connecting the Raccoon River Valley Trail to the High Trestle Trail.

“This grant will be used along with some other donations and potential grants to do the first phase of 1.5 miles of construction of this $5 million project,” said Mike Wallace, director of the Dallas County Conservation Board.

About $2 million has been raised toward the connector trail so far, Wallace said. Earlier state and federal grants were landed for a route-feasibility study, preliminary design and land acquisition.

Phase one construction is preliminarily planned for some time during the 2018 construction season.

For more information or to make a donation toward the Let’s Connect project, visit the Let’s Connect website.


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