Three-month maintenance to start on Raccoon River Valley Trail

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The Panther Creek Bridge over the Raccoon River Valley Trail is among the bridges slated for repairs in a project that will start March 16.

Construction crews will begin spring repair work on the Raccoon River Valley Trail Monday, March 16, with a series of overlay/bridge repair projects between Adel and Redfield, the Dallas County Conservation Board announced Tuesday.

“In order to maintain our world-class trails, occasional maintenance must be done,” Dallas County Conservation Board Director Mike Wallace said.

Wallace said contractors will work to minimize the duration of trail closures, but at times segments of the 10-mile section between Adel and Redfield will be temporarily closed during the $1.3 million project. No detour routes will be available during the project, which is anticipated to take about 90 working days, he said.

Whenever possible, trail closures will be identified at impacted trailhead parking lots and posted online on the Raccoon River Valley Trail Association and Dallas County Conservation Board Facebook pages.

“The safety of trail users is our highest priority,” Wallace said. “Even with the necessary trail closures, Dallas County offers dozens of miles of paved path along the north loop of the Raccoon River Valley Trail and High Trestle Trail.”

Trail repairs are estimated to take place at least through midsummer. The Raccoon River Valley Trail will be open for the annual BACoon Ride which is scheduled for June 20.

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