Another sign the flood situation along the Missouri River is getting better and just in time for Labor Day. Larry Foster is the director of the Council Bluffs Parks and Recreation Department and says the barrier on the pedestrian bridge will come down on Saturday.
Foster says the bridge and trail systems will open at 8 am. He warns some of the trails are not yet open and under water. The trail sections that remain closed are the Riverfront Trail from Harrah’s to the Western Trail Center, the Manawa Trail from Redtail Road to the Iowa West Trail Head Park and the Big Lake Trail.
Foster says hikers and bicyclists should know that city crews are working on sections of the trail and there may be vehicles and other equipment along the system. There are also pipelines running over parts of the trail that are pumping water back into the river. They are marked but bikers are asked to use caution.
The majority of the trails are in excellent condition but visitors should remain alert to their surroundings and the trail surfaces. The city is closing the trail system at dark as there are sections of warn and uneven pavement.
Foster says the trail system has been inspected and he is very impressed how they held up. Bulldozers and dump trucks used the trails to get to the river and with that abuse he is surprised the damage is minor.