The marker on the Let's Connect progress board jumped up to 55 percent on Thursday, April 12.

The “Let's Connect Project” is a 9-mile trail project that will connect the Raccoon River Valley Trail and the High Trestle Trail, from Perry to Woodward.

“We're over 50 percent,” said Lee Coons, a volunteer Let's Connect member. The project is estimated to cost $5 million.

Mike Wallace, director of the Dallas County Conservation Board, said the board is making a presentation on Tuesday for a $500,000 Prairie Meadows Legacy Grant.

He said the board is also looking to apply for a state grant and a federal grant yet this summer. If all three grants are awarded to the connector trail project, Wallace said it would push the progress board marker closer to 90 percent.

The first phase (1.5 miles) of the connector trail is tentatively set to start during the 2018 construction season.