With the help of a grant from the Iowa Grocery Industry Association and the Build with Bags Program the Admiral Trail was able to install 5 new benches made from recycled plastic bags. This included a letter of support from Aaron O'Brien, Grocery Manger from the Shenandoah Fareway, which made it all possible. A small but hard working group of volunteers from both the Admiral Trail Committee and the Farragut Hometown Pride Committee were able to install the benches in a couple of days. You can find the benches at Jackson Street, 1/4 mile west of the Manti Road, 2 benches are at Bridge 1, and the last one is at 390th Ave.
Almost immediately after moving equipment in on Dec. 7, 2020 Reilly Construction began work on the Farragut Admiral Trail. But shortly after the cold weather and snow halted construction. With the good spring weather progress has been going well. A lot of the grading on the trail has been done, 25% of the granular material (500 ton) is on site and 10% of that has been applied to the trail. Once all granular is in place shoulder grading will be done. With good weather all material should be in place in 3 - 4 weeks.
At this time Boulder Construction has placed 3 concrete culverts where bridge 2 was destroyed by fire. They are repairing the piers on Bridge 1. As soon as repairs are complete they will be laying concrete over the bridge and culverts. The timeline for this will possibly be 2 - 3 weeks after most of the material has been applied to the trail.
This trail project has been possible through grants from the Greater Shenandoah Foundation, SWIPCO TAP (Transportation Alternative Program), Federal Recreation Fund, State Recreation Fund, Doppelt Fund, and the Reap Fund. Also from generous donations from Farragut Alumni and the local public. We still have a long to go though, and we look forward to continuing to partner with the community.
Photos provided by Shawn Holman
Phase 1, The Farragut Admiral Trail will go from New Orleans Street to 390th Ave. Phase 1 will consist of having a granular sub-base with repairs to the structures. We will also be looking to paving the trail in the future.