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ConnectCR Pedestrian Bridge Named Alliant Energy LightLine™

ConnectCR Pedestrian Bridge Named Alliant Energy LightLine™

November 3, 2021

Cedar Rapids City officials, ConnectCR partners and Alliant Energy representatives announced today that the new pedestrian bridge, connecting Czech Village and New Bo, will be named the Alliant Energy LightLine™. The name reflects lights designed on the bridge’s rails and pylon that will be powered by Alliant Energy. The bridge will provide a unique element to Cedar Rapids’ segment of the American Discovery Trail for pedestrians and bicyclists. It is also part of the Great-American Rail-Trail.

Alliant Energy is proud to partner with the City of Cedar Rapids, ConnectCR and community leaders to improve the quality of life for residents,” said Terry Kouba, president of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company. “We are excited for the Alliant Energy LightLine to connect neighborhoods and trails while serving as a new iconic landmark in the community.”The project will include plazas on both sides of the river that provide historic interpretive exhibits and gathering areas. The west side of the river will include a connection to the recreational amenities at Mt. Trashmore.

The bridge will be built with a wide deck to accommodate users of all kinds. The deck will split around the bridge pylon to create separate spaces for pedestrians and bicyclists. The project is currently in the engineering phase, with design intended to honor the bridge’s location at the former CRANDIC railroad bridge and industrial history of the area. Construction will begin in 2023, with completion of the bridge scheduled for 2024. 

“We look forward to the bridge that will not only connect two vibrant destinations, but will also add recreational amenities along the riverfront. This project demonstrates the best of Cedar Rapids by providing valuable quality of life elements through partnerships with private businesses and community groups,” said Cedar Rapids City Manager Jeff Pomeranz.

The Alliant Energy LightLine is part of the ConnectCR Project, the largest public/private partnership in Cedar Rapids. The project includes plans for revitalizing Cedar Lake with accessible canoe and kayak launches, fishing piers and amenities, pedestrian boardwalk over the lake, challenge/obstacle course, and improved trail surfaces. The ConnectCR project includes over $8 million in private funds including $1 million donated by Alliant Energy.

“We’d like to thank Alliant Energy and all our donors for supporting ConnectCR and helping make the dream of a pedestrian bridge a reality,” said Mike McGrath, ConnectCR Board President. “This new bridge will light up a dark corner of our city, provide safe passage for the many who use the trail system, and also become a recreation destination for tourists. We’re excited to see what all this bridge brings to our community.”

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