This award is given to a partnership which benefits agencies or services within the field of trail planning, design, or implementation. Level One category: a partnership consisting of two entities.
The construction of a segment of the American Discovery Trail, completed in 2005, required funding, support and partnership from many entities.
The trail section connects the Great River Trail/Grand Illinois Trail/Mississippi River Trail in Rock Island over the Government Bridge on Arsenal Island to the Mississippi River Trail in Davenport, Iowa. The project establishes one of only two ADT crossings of the Mississippi River in the nation.
The American Discovery Trail crossing has been part of the long-term transportation plans of the Quad City Area. Multiple states, counties, cities, public and private foundations, organizations, and corporations have partnered to assist in its successful completion.
The collaborative support for this trail is at the heart of building, connecting, and promoting livable communities. Evidence and research shows that, throughout the Nation, trails are sought as an amenity and an attraction. This project makes trails in Illinois and Iowa even more appealing through providing a safe crossing and access to additional features to visit.
Eng. Contract Oversight: Rock Island County
Engineering Firm: Missman Stanley and Associates
General Contractor: Civil Constructors Inc.
Planning Agency: Bi-State Regional Commission
Trail Owner: Rock Island Arsenal
2015: American Conservation Experience and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
2013: Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, REI, Chipotle Mexican Grill
2010: Tennessee Valley Authority and the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association
2008: Adventure Cycling Association & The University of Pittsburgh's Center for Minority Health