Cedar Lake Community Trail Project

The Winterset community is very excited about trails. The City continues working with engineers at Shive-Hattery, SICOG (grant opportunities) and acquiring the necessary property for a trail. Below is an update on the three phases of the Cedar Lake Community Trail.

Phase I– Six miles of shared lane (sharrows) symbols have been painted and repainted and signage installed along City streets. Use the routes, for added safety, to get to certain places in town or a quick convenient ride for good exercise.  Events are scheduled each year to promote bike riding and the shared lanes in town. See map of shared lane routes in this guide.

Phase II– The 1911 historic Jurgensen Bridge, once over the North River 9 miles east of Winterset was re-located to Cedar Lake and now rests on new piers and abutments over the spillway. As of March, work was about completed to re-purpose the bridge with new decking, railing, lighting, landscaping and plaza area. Bridge is expected to be a major ‘attraction’ along the proposed trail. WHILE THE BRIDGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION- PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM AREA UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Thank you.

Phase III– Cedar Lake Community Trail- The goal remains for a trail from Town to Cedar Lake. Two marketing opportunities are a trail connecting Cutler-Donahue Covered Bridge (City Park) to Cedar Covered Bridge (Cedar Bridge Park) and/or Middle River to Cedar Lake.  This trail will tie in very nicely with our other area attractions. The City has already acquired 60% of land for this trail.  Discussions with land owners continue. The City of Winterset is very grateful to land owners for their considerations of the trail project and any other previous City sponsored projects. We anticipate the first trail development in 2019-20 to connect the Jurgensen Bridge to the south side of Cedar Lake.

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