SIOUX CITY | Sioux City is hoping for a 2018 start to work on a 1.5-mile trail connection along the Missouri riverfront.
The project to span the 1.5-mile gap between the Chautauqua Park and Chris Larsen Park trails was originally slated to begin late this fall but has been delayed as the city awaits a permit approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
"I’m hoping that the Corps will get to that review and we don’t have any more delays," Parks and Recreation Director Matt Salvatore said Wednesday during a joint meeting with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and City Council. "That’s the most important trail project that we have in our entire system."
Salvatore said the city currently has a February 2018 bid letting scheduled for the proposed $3.3 million project, which has benefited from large grants from Missouri River Historical Development Board and from the Iowa Transportation Commission.
Salvatore on Wednesday shared this update along with progress the city has seen on trail projects over the past year and projects to expect in the coming 12 months.
Salvatore said work concluded in August on the Sertoma Trail loop, which connects Sertoma Park with Cone Park, the all-seasons park located near the IBP Ice Center that's slated to open in December.
Salvatore said he sees that two-mile loop as a potential route for local walking and running events.
Looking ahead, he said construction is underway on a nearly half-mile trail piece that will connect the Floyd River Trail to the Outerbelt Drive Trail, including a bridge crossing railroad tracks in Leeds. It will be completed in late spring 2018.
Construction on a planned .18-mile trail that will connect to the west arm of the Outerbelt Drive Trail near the Clark Early Childhood Center could start as early as November.
The second phase of the Big Sioux River Dike trail, which will extend from the Riverside Aquatic Center to Florence Avenue for seven-tenths of a mile along the riverfront, is set for bid in early 2018. Salvatore said the city is still working on acquiring one property.