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Rathbun Lake Multi-use Trail–culvert extension

Rathbun Lake Multi-use Trail–culvert extension

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Project: Rathbun Lake Multi-use Trail–culvert extension

County: Appanoose
Project number: ESL-C004(078)--7S-04
Letting date: June 16, 2009
Contractor: To be determined
Bid amount: Estimated at $161,152

Scope: Cooperative efforts have been underway for more than five years to establish a multi-use trail on the north side of Rathbun Lake. One of the major hurdles in this effort is at Ham Creek. This is an expansive area in the flood pool of Rathbun Lake. At times of high water levels, the lake can back up into this area and extend under the highway to the north side of the road. Through Iowa Great Places, an initiative of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, there are efforts to extend the Ham Creek box culvert and construct the trail surface over a new, 10-foot by 10-foot concrete box culvert extension. Trail users will be able to safely cross the creek and low lying area, and stay off the traveled portion of the roadway.

This crossing will connect existing snowmobile trails; provide snowmobilers an immediate, safe area to cross; and provide nature hiking access to federal lands east of the Honey Creek Resort State Park, thus connecting the existing paved hiking and bike trails within Honey Creek Resort State Park and the first section of the Rathbun Lake Multi-use Trail. Project partners include the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Appanoose County Trails Inc., Appanoose County, and Rathbun Snowriders.

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