Work on the West Side Trail Project has been suspended for the winter. Work has been substantially completed on Houser Street from the the connection at the Houser Street Athletic Field Expansion north to Lucas Street. The project will resume as weather permits this Spring with completion of the Houser Hill section of the trail and then moving north on Houser from Lucas Street to just north of Crossroads where the trail will turn west into Discovery Park and connect with the trail there.
The $1.221,380.28 contract for the West Side Trail Project was awarded to Heuer Construction of Muscatine, Iowa., by the Muscatine City Council on September 5, 2019. The project will construct 1.26 miles of graded and paved pedestrian and bike trail.
The West Side Trail, one of the four projects contained in the CAT Pearls of Progress grant, will connect the trail head on South Houser Street with the trail system inside Discovery Park. The West Side Trail will be the fourth trail to meet at the South Houser Street trail head. The others include the Musser Park to Kent Stein Park Trail, Kent Stein Park to Deep Lakes Park Trail, and the Muscatine Pollinator Park Trail.
A study was performed by Steve Ford LA-Martin Whitacre to provide options for the trail route that will minimize the property acquisition needed for the trial, minimize the work needed to get the NEPA clearances so that the project can be done under a categorical exclusion, and allow for public input into the route planning process. The study was completed in the spring of 2018.