Streets closed for railroad crossing removals

Two roads will be closed this week to remove the railroad crossings and replace the pavement along the Iowa River Rail Trail.

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, West Main and 19th Street will be closed to remove the railroad crossing and repair the pavement. The street will be reopened on Friday. At 10 a.m. Friday, at Lincoln Way, between Sixth and Ninth Street, the road will be closed to remove the railroad crossing and replace the pavement. The road will be opened Sunday. Signed detours will be in both places.

The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is making arrangements to purchase the trail from the Iowa River Railroad. Toward the end of the month or early December the city will get the grant money to purchase the corridor from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.

Terry Briggs, president of TRAILS, Inc. walked with some of the other members of the group on the corridor from Albion to Marshalltown.

“It is really quite nice, the natural aspect of it,” Briggs said. “I think it’s going to be a very popular recreation trail.”

However, Briggs said the corridor shouldn’t be used until it is prepared.

“Right now using the corridor is pretty risky with the bridges and those things,” Briggs said.

The total length of the trail is 37 miles long and will extend north from Marshalltown to Steamboat Rock in Hardin County.

The Hardin County Board of Supervisors have agreed to assume ownership of the Hardin County portion of the trail.