Partnership Award - Level 1

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.

 

American Discovery Trail, Quad Cities Section

Celebration on the American Discovery Trail

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.

New signs for the American Discovery Trail along the Mississippi River

New signs for the American Discovery Trail along the Mississippi River

Reese Lukei, longtime leader of the ADT effort, on the trail in Davenport, IA

Reese Lukei, longtime leader of the ADT effort, on the trail in Davenport, IA

Funders:

  • Illinois Department of Transportation
  • Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Iowa Department of Transportation
  • Iowa Riverboat Authorities, RDA and SCRA
  • City of Rock Island
  • City of Davenport
  • Corporate Assistance - Alcoa
  • Corporate Assistance - Deere and Company
  • River Action Inc.
  • Const. Contract Oversite: City of Rock Island

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



More winners of this award

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

2004: Hudson River Valley Greenway