Iowa's Mississippi River Trail

Iowa Implementation

Strategic Phases

Iowa's Mississippi River Trail will be constructed, marked with MRT signs, and publicized in phases, with the order generally determined by the segments' capability to be quickly and affordably completed.

Because the first MRT segments will have a great impact on public interest and support, three initial segments have been chosen for their ability to extend existing trails in the shortest time possible.
Muscatine business riverfront at sunset.Muscatine business riverfront at sunset. Photo courtesy of the Muscatine chamber of commerce.

By completing these segments for which federal funding will be sought, a network of about 40 miles of bicycle facilities will be created in Allamakee, Scott, and Muscatine Counties. These three segments will run directly along the river and have fantastic views.

Cooperative Effort

Within Iowa, the MRT is a cooperative effort of all the cities and counties along the route, area councils of government, municipal and regional planning organizations, local and regional organizations for economic development, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the Iowa Department of Transportation, MRT, Inc. (the trail's national nonprofit organization), and many other organizations and individuals.

Of the 280 miles of MRT in Iowa, the state of Iowa will be responsible for about 100 miles, counties will be responsible for about 125 miles, and municipalities will be responsible for the remainder, just over 50 miles.

Biking and recreational organizations and area businesses are expected to derive great benefits from the trail system and are invited to contribute to the implementation of the plan.

Total Cost
The total cost of the 280-mile MRT in Iowa is estimated to be between 25 and 32 million dollars, depending on structural accommodations and site characteristics.

Iowa's Mississippi River Trail will be funded through a variety of existing and new local, state, and federal sources.