Part of the Linn Creek Trail will be closed later this week for construction.
Approximately 1.75 miles of the trail will be closed starting Thursday. Section closures will be:
• Mega-10 Park east to May Street
• Main Street northeast to Marion Street / Nicholson-Ford Park
Con-Struct will tear up the existing asphalt in these sections and replace it with concrete. The cost of the project will be approximately $ 500,000.
Parks and Recreation Director Geoff Hubbard said remaining sales tax on local options designated by council has helped tackle more trails than expected this year. Originally only about 1 mile of the trail was going to be tackled.
“It was in this year’s budget, but with the extra money we could do almost twice as much,” Hubbard said. “This is a section we haven’t sealed and paved from Grimes Farm to Riverview.”
The trails will not be cleared during the winter months, so heavy machinery will not be used on the concrete, preventing it from cracking.
Concrete is used to replace asphalt due to its durability and cost competitive with asphalt. The lifespan of the new concrete trail could reach 20 years.
Construction of the trail is expected to be completed by the end of November.
Hubbard said sections of the trail under construction are heavily trafficked.
“From Riverview to Grimes Farm, we talk to hundreds of people a day. he said. “Every time I go to Riverview or pass the softball complex, there are always cars parked there for people walking the trail or biking.”
It is important that those who walk or ride these parts of the trail do not use them during construction. The trail will not be safe to use even when Con-Struct is not on site.
“We are delighted that this project is starting and we can’t wait for it to be completed. This will give the Linn Creek Trail a smooth ride from Riverview to Grimes Farm when completed ”, Hubbard said.
Hubbard said the next big track project to look forward to would develop towards Albion. He said he was working with Trails Inc. to find funding for the project. As it ventures outside the city limits of Marshalltown, it would not be funded by the city.