Fayette to VRRA trail work to begin in June

 

kicker- Wicks Construction has low bid

Wicks Construction has low bid
Fayette to VRRA trail work to begin in June

 

Janell Bradley
Contributing Writer

 

Low bidder Wicks Construction will soon begin constructing a recreation trail that will connect the city of Fayette with the Volga River Recreation Area. 

Fayette City Administrator Christie Dennis said work on the project will begin as soon as the contract documents are signed by all of the parties involved. A preconstruction meeting is set for June 7. If the weather cooperates, the trail should be complete by mid-August.

As Wicks’ bid of $591,954 was about 50 percent lower than the engineer's estimate, more of the trail can be paved than originally anticipated, Dennis said.

"We are really excited about this project," said Dennis. "We are very appreciative of the property owners that see the value in the construction and expansion of the Fayette multiuse trail. They have been very generous in granting easements and right-of-ways for the project."

The trail has been a joint venture of the City, Upper Iowa University and area recreation enthusiasts.

Jamie Hurst, director of foundation and corporate relations at UIU, worked with Dennis in acquiring several grants in addition to the initial Community Development Block Grant.

UIU earned a $50,000 grant from IDOT's Regional Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) and a $5,000 Keep Iowa Beautiful award. Those funds will be used to plant prairie grasses in areas disrupted by construction. Together, Hurst and Dennis worked on a Land and Water Conservation grant that earned $75,000 for the project.

The City of Fayette currently offers 2.8 miles of recreational trails that survey the unique landscapes of northeast Iowa, including bluffs that rise above the Volga River and wooded areas which provide numerous scenic attractions such as its diverse plant and wildlife. 

With the expansion, the trail travels north on City flood buy-out property north of the Volga River bridge on Main Street. It then advances north through several acres of hickory trees and savannah on the Jim and Nina Beeghly property. Built over hilly terrain, the 2.5-mile trail continues northeast through scenic woodlands where wildflowers and native timbers offer breathtaking views. 

The route crosses the gravel surface, Jade Road, then turns east and and north up a steep hill across other private properties before linking with an existing trail within the public recreation area.

"We are pleased that the Volga River trail project was selected as a recipient of the TAP grant," said Dr. William R. Duffy, UIU president. "Completion of this project will go a long way in supporting economic development as we work to make Fayette a destination community. Linking our community with the Volga River State Recreation Area will provide a safe and scenic byway for our residents and students, as well as attract visitors from the Recreation Area to our community. It's a win-win for our university, Fayette and the area."     

Dennis added that future visions for the trail include adding a lookout feature to the highest point of the trail, which provides a beautiful panoramic view of the county, as well as a possible connection to neighboring West Union.

 

 

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