(Sentinel photo by Magdalene Biesanz)
"They're paving and made significant progress last week," said City Administrator/Engineer Scott Langel. "They did the segment around the pond by Wal-Mart and West Floyd Park."
By Tuesday morning, the crew had stringlined the trail through the Little League complex, under the Highway 3 bridge, and northward from there. Paving of this segment is underway.
The trail will then arch north and eastward, following along the Floyd River to Highway 75.
The planned trail will then go under the north- and southbound bridges of Highway 75.
"In the original game plan, then, it would continue along Floyd River to the convergence with Willow Creek, then follow Willow Creek on over to the UP Railroad bridge," Langel said. "Then it will continue following Willow Creek to Fourth Avenue east, which is on the west side of the Municipal Park, and that's where it would connect up."
Construction of the recreational trail, which is part of the Community Betterment Project, will now move into design work and bid letting for phase II section 4 as well as phase III, which will be along the airport.
In all, the additional trail covers five and a half miles and will be connected to the existing three and a half miles to make a total of nine miles.