The Iowa Transportation Commission has approved $5 million in COVID-19 Relief Recreational Trails Program funding for six projects statewide. The funding is from the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, and partially offsets COVID-19-related reductions in the state Recreational Trails program. The funding was available to cities, counties, and state and federal agencies for recreational trail construction, maintenance and development projects.

The projects and funding approved by the state transportation commission earlier this month are:
  • Great Western Trail Renovation Phase 1 (Warren County Conservation Board) - $637,000.
  • Prairie River Trail System Fort Dodge to Badger Connection (Webster County Conservation Board) - $940,228.
  • Prairie Springs and Prairie Farmer Recreational Trails Rehabilitation (Howard County Conservation Board) - $1,061,832.
  • Raccoon River Valley Trail Rehabilitation from Redfield to Linden (Dallas County Conservation Board) - $776,000.
  • Reconstruction of the American Discovery Trail in George Wyth State Park from Kreig’s Crossing to George Wyth Shelter (Iowa Department of Natural Resources) - $684,754.
  • Sauk Rail Trail Rehabilitation from Swan Lake State Park to Kittyhawk Avenue (Carroll County Conservation Board) - $900,186.