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Here's an update on the project of paving the Raccoon River Valley Trail's crossings of gravel roads on the original "south loop".

Work continues on paving the Raccoon River Valley Trail's crossings of about 15 gravel roads in Greene and Guthrie Counties. And in Dallas County, the paving work has ended for this year, but there are plans to complete the remaining six crossings next year if acceptable bids are received for the work.

All of this is happening on the RRVT's original "south loop," which stretches 56 miles from the west side of Waukee through Adel, Redfield, Linden, Panora, Yale, Herndon, Cooper and on to Jefferson. When that original trail was built, most of it with asphalt, there was no consideration given to paving across the gravel roads, as the asphalt would not have lasted long under the weight of heavy farm equipment and other vehicular traffic.

Photo is the crossing of 252nd Street just southeast of Jefferson.

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