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  • Tim Rohwer
  • Sat November 26 2016
  • Posted Nov 29, 2016
Pottawattamie County will eventually have a trail system not only connecting communities within its borders, but to places elsewhere.

The county’s Board of Supervisors’ approved Tuesday the plans and specifications of a 1.8-mile trail along Railroad Highway just north of Council Bluffs. The action comes after five years of planning.

“This is the start,” said Brian Shea, chairman of the Pottawattamie County Trails Association. “We’re moving forward.”

This trail will start from Husker Lane to County Road L34 and will be installed on the east side of the highway.

It’s the beginning of an important element to the county, supervisor Scott Belt said.

“Trails are an amenity we need for people, especially for young families, a quality of life amenity for those folks,” he said. “It will encourage tourism and possible spur economic growth in those communities. What’s more, it will allow people to have another alternative to get to those communities, such as walking, biking, pulling a wagon, using strollers. I think that this is what people are looking for as far as activities outdoors.”

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