The city plans to do the bridge project in 2014, and the Wapello County Trails Council's contribution is contingent on the 8-foot walkway.
Helfenberger said he's working with the Trails and the Legacy Foundation to make sure the bridge has the "highest aesthetics" and is cost efficient. He noted Wapello County Trails will contribute $40,000 and the Legacy Foundation $350,000.
"We were very successful with grant funding for basic construction," he said. "We'll also have $2.5 million from the state and $700,000 from the city's Capital Improvements fund. We're blessed to have various group who work together."
During the upcoming Trails Mediathon, there will be a Trails Walkathon, Hellige said. The event will be from 10-11:30 a.m. May 18.
"We hope thousands of people will be on the bridge at one time," she said. "We're working with the city to get a permit to do that."
Hellige also noted the Trails Council is actively seeking funds for the underpass, which would be a safe way to cross the highway. Quincy Avenue has no sidewalks but does have lots of traffic.