Dubuque County Supervisors Rejected Proposed Trail Project

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors has rejected a proposed trail through a forest preserve after neighboring residents raised concerns about noise and increased traffic.

The Telegraph Herald reports that the Dubuque County Conservation Board tied in a 2-2 vote over whether the 6- to 8-mile trail could continue development.

A vote to bring the measure back in next month’s meeting also failed, but members say they’re interested in revisiting the proposal at a later date.

Many residents that oppose the privately funded project say it could bring increased traffic to the area, unwanted noise and erosion to the preserve.

Supporters of the trail say it could boost tourism and offer more outdoor activities for residents.

Board Chairman Jeff Cue says though the proposal has taken several steps backward, the project isn’t dead.