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  • Tue September 04 2012
  • Posted Sep 4, 2012

CORALVILLE, IA. — Some of the people planning stretches of the Clear Creek Trail, which currently winds through Coralville, say it could one day link to a trail in Cedar Rapids that would take trail-goers as far as Waterloo.

“Little by little, we’re leapfrogging the trail loop together,” said Harry Graves, director of the Johnson County Conservation Board.

Graves said he thinks that in the future the trail could connect to the Cedar Valley Nature Trail in Cedar Rapids.

The conservation board soon will unveil its newest 1.5-mile addition to the trail, which stretches from Tiffin westward to Half Moon Avenue, halfway to Kent Park.

Tiffin already has completed a segment of the trail extending eastward to Interstate Highway 380, and the city of Coralville is planning future segments that will connect up to the city of Tiffin.

The trail is about 4 miles long through Coralville and will be 6.4 miles when completed.

It’s already a popular trail, but once it connects with Tiffin — and eventually moves farther westward — the Clear Creek Trail will become a hot spot for bicyclists and others, said Mark Wyatt, executive director of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition.

The city of Coralville expects to wrap up construction on a roughly half-mile segment of the trail in November, and is seeking proposals for a future mile-long segment that will bring it to the Coralville Creekside Ballpark, Assistant City Engineer Scott Larson said.

After that, a final mile-long phase would connect the trail to Tiffin. The city is seeking grants for the final segment, and no construction date has been set, Larson said.

The trail’s first segment was completed in 2001. As the city has added sections since then, it’s created connections with other trail systems and roadways, including those leading to the University of Iowa campus, Larson said.


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