Iowa River Trail

Iowa River Trail: Rocky Shore Drive to Clear Creek

The Iowa River Trail is being constructed from Rocky Shore Drive to Clear Creek. This project includes two prefabricated steel truss bridges over Clear Creek and a 10-foot-wide concrete trail from Rocky Shore Drive to connect to the Iowa River Trail on the north side of Clear Creek.


  • Start: Site preparation began in October 2020
  • Estimated completion: A majority of the project, including bridge placement and trail paving, is scheduled for completion by July 1, 2021


  • Bid by the Iowa DOT on August 18, 2020
  • Low bid: Peterson Contractors, Inc., at $1,250,395.65
  • Funding: The project received $619,000 of DOT Surface Transportation Program funds with the balance funded by the City

Construction Updates

Bridge Installation
  • The two prefabricated 90' bridge sections were transported from Colfax, WI to Coralville on February 2
  • On February 3, the two bridge sections were placed on site, spanning Clear Creek
Upcoming Work Includes (Week of May 10):
  • Will start forming up trail along retaining wall
  • Ornamental guardrail will go in 
Recent Progress (May 3-7, 2021):
  • Dirt work was delayed May 3 & 4 due to heavy rains and muddy conditions
  • Electrical/Lighting: 
    • All light poles are set
    • Work on conduit and boxes
  • Adjusted grading along retaining wall
  • Started topsoil/finish work on the north side
(April 12-16, 2021):
  • Mason work on limestone veneer
  • Macadam stone base placement and further subgrade preparation
  • Subdrain placement behind retaining wall
  • Finished macadam stone slope protection on north abutment. 
(March 29-April 9, 2021):
  • Bridge cleaning (power wash existing pier)
  • Structural concrete coating on abutments
  • Removed remaining required pavement on north, prepped subgrade
  • Subgrade prep on south, density and moisture test on north for pavement
  • Formed and poured concrete on the bridge approach and Clear Creek Trail segment
  • Set forms for trail pour on north
  • Poured trail segment on north of bridge; started installing veneer 
(January 2021):
  • Finished the south retaining wall to wrap up the structural work until the bridges arrive in early February
  • Poured south abutment backwall and columns
  • Poured north retaining wall cap
  • Rebar/formwork/pour on south retaining wall cap
  • Abutment wingwall rebar and formwork
  • Finished drainage culverts on north and south of existing retaining wall, poured north abutment backwall and columns, placed rebar for south abutment backwall and columns, placed rebar for north retaining wall cap and formwork, and placed a portion of macadam stone slope protection at abutments.
(December 2020):
Drove piles and poured forms for north and south abutments

*Updated May 10, 2021

April 14, 2021

April 14 2019

April 6, 2021

Iowa River Trail construction April 6, 2021

March 3, 2021

Bridge construction in progress

Installation Feb. 3, 2021

Bridge installation

Jan. 15, 2021

Jan 15 2021

Jan. 14, 2021


Jan. 11, 2021

North abutment, Jan. 2021

At Clear Creek & Iowa River, Dec. 2020

Trail construction, Dec. 18, 2020

Pile driving, north abutment, Dec. 2020

North abutment pile driving, Dec. 18, 2020

Retaining wall & bridge abutment, Nov. 2020

Retaining wall and bridge abutment work, Nov. 2020

Closures & Detour

Trail segment closures

Two trail segments are temporarily closed from December 16, 2020 until late June 2021:
  • Clear Creek Trail from 1st Avenue east to the Iowa River Trail.
  • Iowa River Trail from Clear Creek to 400 feet south of the Iowa River Pedestrian Bridge.
Detour route
The detour route uses the sidewalk along the east side of 1st Avenue between 5th Street and Clear Creek. The Clear Creek Trail underpass of 1st Avenue and the Iowa River Pedestrian Bridge connection to the Peninsula Neighborhood in Iowa City remain open.

Trail segment closure & detour

Section of Iowa River Trail