Crews will begin work on a project to replace the trail bridge located near the 1st Avenue entrance at Hickory Hill Park next week.

The project will remove the current 50-foot, wooden pedestrian bridge that was damaged by creek flooding in 2013. It will be replaced with a new, pre-engineered steel bridge. Work to stabilize the streambank and repair the trail will also be done. 
Hickory Hill Park Bridge Map

That process will involve some tree removal both at the bridge site and to allow construction equipment access from 1st Avenue. This path was surveyed to minimize the loss of significant trees, however, some trees will still need to be removed. Crews will mark trees for both removal and preservation, and clear those that need to come down by April 1. The forested area surrounding the bridge will be restored at the conclusion of the construction project.  Trees removed along the creek will likely not be replaced so as to improve the functioning of the creek in future rain events.

Portions of the trail will be closed for safety during the project. People will continue to have access to the park from the 7th Avenue entrance, however this portion of the trail will not be a loop trail until completion of the project. Specifically during tree clearing and when heavy equipment is on the trail for bridge work. 

The project should be completed, weather contingent, in May 2017. 

For more information contact Project Engineer Jason Reichart at  319-356-5416 or email

Watch the video below to see a time-lapse of construction crews installing the new pedestrian bridge on April 27th.

Date of publication

Thursday, March 23, 2017