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April 1, 2017 - by the Eldora Herald Ledger
HARDIN COUNTY – The Hardin County Community Endowment Foundation introduced a new idea in this year’s 2017 grant program which it’s labeled a “Tidal Wave Grant”. The recipient was a group dedicated to the Iowa River’s recreational development. Starting this year, should a qualifying organization have a project that impacts a significant
portion of Hardin County, ... Read More
April 1, 2017 - by the Eldora Herald Ledger - Rick PatrieHARDIN COUNTY – This should be the summer when biking and outdoor trail enthusiasts begin to see some real development on that 30 plus mile project linking Steamboat Rock and Marshalltown with a recreational trail. The trail will take the route of the once Iowa River Railroad through both Hardin and Marshall Counties. What is envisioned is eventually a paved concrete surface about ten feet wide the entire route and a siding of about another ten feet of crushed rock that should also be traversable. ...Read More
March 14, 2017 -
Iowa River Trail Bridge Rehabilitation Effort In Hardin County Receives Federal Funds ...Read More
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
by Rick Patrie News Editor HARDIN COUNTY –Summer is here and work has officially started on a recreational trail which will someday forge a link between Steamboat Rock and Marshalltown across 30 miles of Iowa River countryside. The trail will follow the route of the defunct Iowa River Railroad through both Hardin and Marshall Counties. Work had begun in Steamboat Rock this week, and word is that crews are active in Marshalltown as well. Engineers in Steamboat were shoring up an old railway bridge crossing the Iowa River. Effectively, it’s the north launching point for the trail. What is envisioned is a paved concrete surface about ten feet wide with a siding of ten feet crushed rock, also traversable. For about three years the organizers have been acquiring the right of way, planning and arranging financing. By the end of this summer the first mile stretch out of Steamboat Rock should be paved. An even longer section of the line should be rocked and rideable (in its rough state) and a similar start will be under way in Marshalltown. One of the first projects this summer was a general cleanup of the whole route in Hardin County back in May. Trail enthusiasts enlisted students during their annual service learning day for part of that effort. Meanwhile, organizers and supporters of the trail say they will be working up and down the line all summer to identify stands of native and protected prairie, and spare them from spraying which will be done to manage the rail bed otherwise. The bike trail, of course, was never meant to be a manicured turnpike, but instead is proposing to show off the best of the Greenbelt. The plan for the summer is to do a mile of paving starting from an old railway trestle visible south of the D-35 bridge on Steamboat Rock’s west side. Bridges are key to the early stages of the project. There are seven bridges along the route through Hardin County alone. The first order of business is to make them all safe, to install guard rails, and then to do the paving on those portions of the trail. The project has been in the works for nearly three years now. The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation partnered with Hardin County and the City of Marshalltown in the acquisition of the old right of way. From here on out, the rec trail project looks to private dollars for completion. So if you love biking – and presumably a lot of people reading this do – here’s a chance to create a destination. The plan is to have the entire length alternating paved and smooth crushed rock. Work has to be done refitting the whole railroad right of way for safe passage. Organizers say they envision the trail being counted one of the premier biking routes in all of Iowa. While the full length of paving will be accomplished as grant funds allow, the organizers fully expect that by the end of next summer (2018) the trail should be graded in its rough state from Steamboat to Union. That means crushed rock surface that will be usable. In terms of funds, the supporters of the trail project recently got word of a big boost to their project in the form of a $247,000 grant from a federal agency supporting the conversion of old abandoned railroads to other transportation uses. In this case, recreational. The local project will be coming up with a $75,000 match and meanwhile Hardin County and Marshall County supporters of the effort are continuing the search for funds. This summer is phase one of phase one, and will see about a mile of paving from the railway bridge in Steamboat.