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  • Nick Moffitt
  • Wed October 21 2015
  • Posted Oct 21, 2015

In just 10 years, the Iowa side of the Mississippi River Trail has come a long way.

From just signage to a now-paved path in many places, the Clinton area portion of the trail offers amenities that make it safer, easier to ride and more attractive to potential riders.

The Mississippi River Trail offers nearly 3,000 miles of trails from the headwaters in Minnesota all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico while traveling through 10 states, including Iowa.

Former Iowa legislator Clyde Bradley, a retired engineer who lobbied and contributed to the Clinton and Camanche portion of the project, said the trail has come quite a way since a feasibility study was done in 2005.

The original project connected the Clinton and Camanche portions of the MRT by adding signs to Clinton’s existing trail and extending it along the former U.S. 67 into Camanche. It was completed with a $2.1 million federal grant with a 20 percent match from Clinton and Camanche.

He said the whole process was a lot of work but, “I’m glad we saw it to fruition, we needed it.”

Now going forward, Bradley said while he’ll be taking a step back from being as directly involved, he’d like to see more safety measures put in place and to create more access for children to get to the trails.

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