Phase three trail

Workers level the surface for pouring concrete on Phase 3 of the Davis County Trail Project. Phase 3 will extend from the bridge on the McGowen Recreation Area to the Conservation Office.

Construction on Phase 3 of Davis County’s Trail Project has begun and Stephen Pedrick of French-Reneker Associates expects the project to be “substantially completed this fall.”

Phase 3 starts at the bridge in the McGowen Recreation Area and extends 2,900 feet (0.55 miles) east to the park road near the Conservation Office at McGowen.

Pedrick says the trail will be 10-feet wide and six inches thick with reinforced concrete. “The project also includes construction of safety rails across the bridge at McGowen, planting 1.96 acres of native seeding, and the construction of four benches,” he said.

Pedrick expects the concrete work to be completed and ready for use this fall, but seeding and cleanup won’t be completed until the spring of 2020.

The project is funded by Iowa DOT State Recreational Trails, Wellmark Match, Iowa DNR Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP), and Davis County Community Foundation grant funds.

Phase 1 of the project extends from the Mutchler Community Center to Franklin Street. Phase 2 continues south on Parkview Drive and east to the bridge at McGowen.