Thursday, August 06, 2015

Ely to Johnson County line segment could be paved by next year

The Gazette reports that the segment of the Hoover Nature Trail that runs from Ely to the Johnson County line "will get federal funding sooner than later." $760,000 in federal aid will be available in FY2016, according to the 2016-19 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, released by the Iowa Department of Transportation earlier this week. That means a new, paved segment could be ready to ride on early next year.
“By the beginning of summer, end of spring, they could be out there paving the trail,” said Brandon Whyte, a multimodal transportation planner for the Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization. “That trail construction is extremely quick.”
A draft of the 2016-19 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program is available on the Iowa DOT’s website. The DOT is taking public comments until September 2. Comments can be directed to Matt Chambers at 515-239-1409 or

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Things are progressing in the West Liberty to Conesville segment

According to The West Liberty Index, representatives from West Liberty, Nichols and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation met Thursday, March 6, at the West Liberty City Hall to discuss ways to go about restoring a nearby portion of the Hoover Nature Trail, connecting West Liberty, Nichols and Conesville. The segment they hope to upgrade starts three miles north of Nichols, stops right before Nichols, then picks up again for another four miles south of Nichols.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

HNT Improved Near Nichols

According to the West Liberty Index, the Nichols Betterment Committee worked throughout the month of September, weeding, mowing and improving a section of the Hoover Nature Trail, in preparation for a 5K run/walk held on the trail in conjunction with Nichols' annual October Festival on September 28.

If anyone has photos of the improved sections, please send them to me and I will share them on the blog.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Nichols begins restoration efforts on its portion of the HNT

According to the West Liberty Index, Nichols Mayor Cyle Geertz has begun an initiative to restore a long-dormant seven-mile section of the Hoover Nature Trail near the town. The segment, which is owned by the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF), starts three miles north of Nichols, stops right before town, then picks up again for another four miles south of town.

Mayor Geertz and members of the Nichols Betterment Committee have already done some work to the trail, flattening out much of its gravel foundation and removing weeds.

Future plans for the trail were outlined by Mayor Geertz at a special meeting September 12:
  • Reconnect Nichols’ portion of the HNT to West Liberty's portion in the north and Conesville's portion in the south.
  • Apply a sealant to the rock, making it less dusty.
  • Install cement and educational spots along the path that discuss the history of Nichols and its families.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

$32,000 for Trail Development Results From Easement on HNT Between Ely and Solon

According to, Central Iowa Power Company signed easement papers on Friday for a portion of the HNT between Ely and Solon. The agreement will provide the Johnson County Trail Foundation with $32,000 for trail development.

Cedar Rapids Portion of HNT Receives Trails & Paths Paving Award

The Linn County Conservation Board, Anderson-Bogert Engineers & Surveyors, Inc. and LL Pelling Company received the 2010 “Trails & Paths Paving Award” from the Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa for the northern section of the Hoover Trail paving project in Linn County. The northern section of the Hoover Trail connects to the southern tip of the Cedar River Trail (which runs through Cedar Rapids) and extends south from 76th Avenue SW to Wright Brothers Blvd. It is currently open for public use.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Ely-to-CR Connection to be Completed Later This Year

According to an article in The Cedar Rapids Gazette, the Iowa DOT has awarded the bid to finish the HNT link between Ely and Cedar Rapids to Vieth Construction. The 1.08 mile asphalt-paved trail will run from Ely Road in Cedar Rapids to the new Ely City Park. The project is scheduled to be completed later this year (weather-permitting) at a cost of $303,270.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

West Liberty City Councilman Cites Connection to Hoover Nature Trail as Top-Five Project for City

In a letter to the editor of the West Liberty Index, current (and possibly outgoing) city councilman Chad Thomas outlined five projects that he would really like to see get done in West Liberty. Two of them relate to recreational trails and the HNT:
  • Developing the walking/biking trails identified in West Liberty's comprehensive plan
  • Getting West Liberty connected to the larger Hoover Nature Trail and connected to the trail system in Iowa City
He went on to say "All of these projects are going to require cooperation and input from the City, but when it comes to planning, follow through, and fundraising, I do not believe the City is the best organization to get this done. I can be more effective in advocating for these projects through individual efforts and collaboration with other private and/or non-profit organizations."