Recreational Trail System

Academic Year 
2013-2014
College/Department 
College of Engineering - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Project Partner 

The City of Muscatine seeks to increase the recreational opportunities by expanding the existing trail system. Currently, there are more than 10 miles of paved and unimproved trails and walkways, as well as more than 20 parks with a combined 550 acres of land. However, many of the trails are not interconnected and are absent from some regions within the city. To address the lack of trails and poor connectivity, the students of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa are preparing a connectivity study, which included recommendation on trail improvements and expansions.

As part of the Senior Design Capstone Course of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the students had the opportunity to complete the engineering plans for constructing new trails. Tasks consisted of the layout, cross-section design of the trails, design of bridging structures for waterways and ravines where necessary, and design and location of ancillary structures to support trail activities.