(AMES) The Iowa Transportation Commission approved $1.3 million in total funding for seven federal Recreational Trails Program projects.
The Pottawattamie County Conservation Board received $300,000 for the Pottawattamie County Multiuse Trail: Phase I. The Dallas County Conservation Board received $139,103 for the Raccoon River Valley Trail to High Trestle Trail Connection-Hiawatha Trail. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources received $112,000 for the purchase of maintenance equipment. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa State Snowmobile Association received $240,000 for snowmobile grooming equipment replacement. The Iowa Department of Transportation received $18,400 for support for the program and bicycle/trails summits. The Jones County Conservation Board and Monticello received $184,625 for the Maquoketa River Water Trail – Mon Maq Dam Modification. And, Dickinson County Trails Board and Osceola County Conservation Board received $305,872 for Railbanking of IANW Railroad.
The federal Recreational Trails Program was created in 1991 for the purpose of developing and maintaining recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and nonmotorized trail users. This funding is available to cities, counties, state and federal agencies, and private organizations through an annual application-based program.