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Clinton's Mississippi River Trail Extension Project Nears Completion

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Construction is moving along quickly for Clinton's Mississippi River trail extension project. A mile-long stretch along the riverfront, and part of the downtown area, will soon complete around 35 miles of trails stretching from Eagle Point Park to the city limits at Camanche. Some Clinton residents are asking why this bike path project is full steam ahead, while some of the roads are falling about. City leaders say they admit that a lot of the city's roads aren't in good shape. However, they say they've invested more money in them than the bike trails, with a $2.5 million budget this year for fixing the roads.

"We're working aggressively on our roads," city council member John Rowland said.

He says the goal is to fix all of Clinton's roads within ten years, with a pavement management improvement plan.

"With this plan, we have it laid out with how many streets," he said. "It actually lists the streets by names of which ones we'll be working on."

Several road construction projects are underway, but they won't all get finished quickly. 16th Street NW, for example, needs a lot of work, with deep ditches to be filled, an added shoulder and black top.

"That road is going to be closed most of the summer," Rowland said.

Crews working on the bike trail say the extension could be ready within just seven weeks, and Rowland says there is less work to do on a mile-long trial that averages 10 feet wide, than with what work needs to be done on most roads. Some residents say they're looking forward to using the complete trail.

"I do some biking myself, so it will be really nice," business owner Ric Oleary said.

The trail extension costs around $350,000, with at least $175,000 of that in grants. Rowland says that although the city has invested more in the roads than the trail, completing the trail is also a priority. He says it's an attraction for residents, and visitors, which could help boost the local economy.

"As word gets out, and the more complete, I think that you'll see even more people using them," he said. "Bringing dollars, spend the day spending money. Restaurants, gas, shopping."

As for the roads, he says residents should start noticing significant change within a couple of years.

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