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Bridge on Cedar Valley Nature Trail also completed


The Cedar Valley Nature Trail stretches all the way from Evansdale to Linn County, but bikers, runners, and walkers haven't been able to enjoy the whole thing because of one bridge.

McFarlane bridge, just outside of La Porte City was damaged in the 2008 floods.

The bridge connects the Cedar Valley Nature Trail, going over the Cedar River.

The over 700 foot trail bridge has been damaged since 2008. No one has been able to use the bridge.

Wednesday and Thursday horizontal I-beams will be brought in to make the bridge between the pillars.

The Black Hawk County Conservation board says the 2008 floods cost the board seven million dollars of damage.

These beams are one of the last major pieces needed to repair this beautiful stretch of bike trail.

"It's an economic impact. One of the things that we, the city of La Porte has found that the number of people coming in to spend money in town has dropped because you can't ride your bikes so there is an economic impact. There is a quality of life impact. We want to put both those pieces back together," said Vern Fish, Executive Director of Black Hawk County Conservation board.

The Cedar Valley bike trail is about a 52 miles long. It starts near Evansdale and ends near Hiawatha.

A majority of the bridge should be done before winter. A grand opening is set for next summer.

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