University of Iowa

Sidney Safe Routes to School Trail Design

As part of the Senior Design Capstone Course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students identify trail route alternatives connecting the Sidney community to the Sidney High School located just outside of town, and will provide the trail design and cost estimates for the selected route. 

Sidney Hometown Pride is a non-profit in Sidney Iowa that works to improve the quality of life in their small town with the help of community members and the Keep Iowa Beautiful program.  They are seeking trail route alternatives that connect Sidney residential areas to the Sidney High School in order to increase safety and to provide dedicate space for kids to get to school.  civil & Engineering students will provide design alternatives and cost estimates, keeping the following factors in mind:

  • The proposed routes should maximize use of city and county right-of-way
  • The design for the selected route will include a designed crossing on Foote Street/ Knox Road.                                 
  • The trail design will need to comply with ADA standards
  • The trail design will accommodate for slope near the high school
  • The design will include the use of curb walls as appropriate
  • The design will provide recommendations about the greenspace adjacent to the trail, including the use of native vegetation              
  • The design will include cost estimates