Dienst Outlines Pedestrian and Bicycle Projects for 2015-2016
Jon Dienst, Civil Engineer from the Dubuque City Engineer’s Office, attended the May 28th Tri-State Trail Vision meeting to give an update on upcoming projects. The very informative meeting highlighted the wide number and variety of trail-related tasks that occupy the Engineering Department. Dienst also works closely with Leisure Services Director Marie Ware and City Planner Laura Carstens to encourage trail usage and provide a higher quality of living for Dubuque area citizens.
During the fiscal 2015-2016 year, the Northwest Arterial Trail will be lengthened and paved from the McDonald’s on Holliday Drive to Chavanelle Drive, where bicyclists will be directed onto sharrows (on-street lanes) and eventually arrive at Bergfeld Pond. This is funded by Iowa Department of Natural Resources REAP grants.
At the northeast end of the Northwest Arterial Trail, the Highway 52 and John Deere Road intersection will be the site for a small 10-stall parking lot. This will alleviate overflow parking that occurs at the Alliant substation driveway and blocks access for Alliant workers. This project will be developed this fall.
The Bee Branch project will commence this summer with excavation of the main channel and the building of bridges between the 16th Street detention pond and 24th Street Comiskey Park. Trail construction will take place in 2016.
For those travelling by wheelchair, life just got easier around the city of Dubuque. The Department
of Justice has mandated that new ramps be installed for better wheelchair accessibility. So far, Clarke Crest received new ramps and 37 more will be built in the St. Anne and Clarke Drive areas.
Just west of the E. B. Lyons Center, the newly acquired Mines of Spain property sports a new trail that will open July 2015. The ½-mile long trail, meeting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, will lead to a scenic overlook and an outdoor classroom. An expanded parking lot, drinking fountains, restrooms and an outdoor pavilion will also be available for visitors. Another unique feature along the trail is the State Tree Walk, which displays the state tree from each state.
Construction will begin soon on these projects and will hopefully enhance our trail availability and accessibility in Dubuque.