Construction of the West Side Trail on Houser Street resumed March 2 with lane restrictions implemented on North Houser Street from Lucas to Allen Street. Additional lane restrictions will occur from Hershey to Lucas as work resumes to complete that section of the trail. All lane restrictions will be during working hours.
The final North Houser Street segment will be from Allen to Crossroads, Inc. Most of the trail should be completed by mid-summer, depending on the weather, with a short segment through the Arbor Commons subdivision the last to be completed.
The $1.221,380.28 contract for the West Side Trail Project was awarded to Heuer Construction of Muscatine, Iowa., by the Muscatine City Council on September 5, 2019. The project will construct 1.26 miles of graded and paved pedestrian and bike trail.
The West Side Trail, one of the four projects contained in the CAT Pearls of Progress grant, will connect the trail head on South Houser Street with the trail system inside Discovery Park. The West Side Trail will be the fourth trail to meet at the South Houser Street trail head. The others include the Musser Park to Kent Stein Park Trail, Kent Stein Park to Deep Lakes Park Trail, and the Muscatine Pollinator Park Trail.
A study was performed by Steve Ford LA-Martin Whitacre to provide options for the trail route that will minimize the property acquisition needed for the trial, minimize the work needed to get the NEPA clearances so that the project can be done under a categorical exclusion, and allow for public input into the route planning process. The study was completed in the spring of 2018.