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

The contractor continues to work on retaining walls and bridge abutments during winter 2020/2021. The two prefabricated bridges that will span Clear Creek are scheduled for installation in April 2021.  

Upcoming work (expected the week of January 11, 2021):
  • Pour south abutment backwall and columns on January 11
  • Pour north retaining wall cap on January 12
  • Rebar/formwork/pour on south retaining wall cap
  • Abutment wingwall rebar and formwork
Recent progress (the week of January 4, 2021):
  • Finished up 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
  • Placed a portion of macadam stone slope protection at abutments
Previous progress:
  • The south abutment was poured on December 16; forms were stripped December 21. 
  • Piles for the north abutment were driven on December 18. The north abutment may potentially be poured on December 23.
*Updated January 12, 2021

Retaining wall & bridge abutment, Nov. 2020

Retaining wall and bridge abutment work, Nov. 2020

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

North abutment, Jan. 2021

North abutment, Jan. 2021

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