The “Let’s Connect Project,” a 9-mile trail project that will connect the Raccoon River Valley Trail and the High Trestle Trail, from Perry to Woodward, received another large grant in October. The Iowa Department of Transportation approved a grant of $366,000 for the project.


“This grant will be used along with some other donations and potential grants to do the first phase (1.5 miles) of construction of this $5 million project,” said Mike Wallace, director of the Dallas County Conservation Board, in an email.


Approximately $2 million has been raised for the project so far and the first phase of the project is preliminarily scheduled to start during the 2018 construction season.


In this grant cycle, the DOT also awarded grants for the Heritage Trail Bridge 27 Replacement in Dubuque County, the Louisa County Fairground Trailhead and Connection to the Hoover Nature Trail Project, the Pottawatamie County Trail - Railroad Highway Trail Phase II project, and the Wapsipinicon Trail -Phase I project in Jones County and Anamosa.