Trails Update - July 2015

BROWN’S CREEK TRAIL: officially opened in early June and now it has plenty of signs and interpretive markers. Well done, DNR! Nice little structure at the junction with the Gateway Trail too.

AT THIS WRITING, WITH A SPECIAL SESSION, it is unknown which bike trails and segments will receive funding. We may get the word out on the Forum when we learn more.

WORK ON RECONSTRUCTION OF LILYDALE ROAD & TRAIL PHASE II IS LARGELY COMPLETE. Work will continue on minor site restoration issues, but the trail and roadway are open for use. (It links to the Big Rivers Trail at the yacht club.) The reconstruction project realigns the roadway and trails to provide additional separation between people walking and biking on the trail and motorists. The reconstructed Lilydale Road is also designed with shoulders for bicycle use for those who want to travel a bit more quickly than off-street trails can accommodate. The roadway also features relatively narrow travel lanes to encourage low motorist travel speeds. (from the City of St. Paul newsletter)

VIKINGS STADIUM AREA: The current bicycle lanes on 5th and 6th Streets will be replaced with a twoway trail that will follow the current alignment of 5th Street and wind around the south side of the stadium. The trail will link up with other city trails and allow cyclists to ride around the as-yet-unnamed stadium. I spoke to a Wash County rep about two upcoming projects we should be aware of on two roads that urgently need some repaving and fixing. (Unfortunately it sounds like they will not be widened.) County 21, St. Croix Trail, south of Afton, from 46th St to 80th St -- ripping up this road may start as early as mid-June and it will be gravel or bad riding until early July. County 21, Stagecoach Trail, north of Afton, from I-94 to Co. 18 in Afton -- this is scheduled to be closed and ripped up from July 6-31 or so. Both should be completely done, including final details, by the end of August. They will probably be somewhat rideable for awhile before that.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER TRAIL: The final phase of a 3-year project installing signs to mark the 800-mile MRT in Minnesota will be completed this summer. 640 signs will be in place from the Twin Cities to Itasca. The route is on roads, paths, and trails along the river when possible, with options including sections of the Paul Bunyan and Heartland Trails, and sometimes both sides of the river. See maps and read more about Minnesota’s MRT at www.mndot. gov/bike/mrt.

by Doug Nelson