Cedar View Trail Construction
Cedar View Trail closed
The Cedar View Trail is going to be interrupted by the Highway 34 by-pass project, but only for a while, and only at the eastern end.
The new by-pass will cross under the Cedar View Trail approximately 1/2 mile west of the trail head/parking lot on 32nd Ave. (Suburban Heights Road). All of the fill under the trail will be scooped away and used as a base for the new road. Then, Iowa DOT will build a bridge over the roadway to allow the trail to cross over the highway.
Before the trail bridge can be built, about three to four hundred feet of fill must be removed. The present trail surface (the old Rock Island Railroad roadbed) is approximately 30' above the surrounding area. If you have been out on the trail lately you will have noticed that the vegetation on both sides of the fill area has already been cleared. The orange fences mark sensitive areas.
The IDOT told us that the east-end of the trail will be closed on June 14th until perhaps December while the work is proceeding. The westerly mile of the trail will remain open with access being from 223rd St., approximately one-half mile north of the Libertyville Road.
So those of you who like to observe the waterfowl during the spring and fall migrations will still be able to get out to the Cedar Creek Wetland viewing area from the west entrance. Just a reminder, the Cedar Creek Wetland was reworked and expanded last summer so we are hoping for some very interesting waterfowl viewing this spring and fall.