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Progress made on Le Mars recreation trail

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Workers took advantage of mild weather Tuesday to pave a large segment of the recreational trail, including crossing under the Highway 3 bridge here. They paved through the little league complex and on northward, following the Floyd River.
(Sentinel photo by Magdalene Biesanz)
The recreation trail, which will eventually weave its way for nine miles through Le Mars, is getting closer to completion with a fresh ribbon of concrete west of town.

"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.

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