New State Trail Construction

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$206,193
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$124,966
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$22,390
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$942,102
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$794,100
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,406,214
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,502,218
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
Fund Source
Parks & Trails Fund
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2011
Counties Affected
Statewide
Statewide
Project Overview

New State Trail development to complete key missing trail segments or to fulfill funding gaps in trail development projects. Potetial development to include multi-use trail, trail parking areas, trail waysides, or trail bridges. New trail development includes all associated engineering, design and construction, and is to incorporate current Best Management Practices.

About the Issue

The MnDNR Parks and Trails Divisions new State trail development efforts are focused on previously undeveloped sections that provide key trail connections, enhance user safety and accessiblity and further the efforts to complete the State Trails as defined.

Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The construction of the Segment 1B of the Minnesota Valley State Trail will provide a pedestrian and bicycle connection along the Minnesota River between Cedar Ave and the new 35W pedestrian pathway. Trail 1B construction to start Fall 2021. Eventually the trail will connect segments along the Minnesota River from Hwy 169 to Fort Snelling. Initial construction of a trail tunnel on the Heartland Trail is to be completed in 2021/2022 with a 2020 Capital Bond appropriation of $2M. The first phase of trail development on this segment is to be the construction of a trail tunnel under Hwy 71 4 miles south of the Itasca SP South entrance. This tunnel will also allow an immediate safety improvement by eliminating an existing at-grade road crossing for the existing grant-in-aid snowmobile trail. Legacy funds provided for the completion of the final engineering specifications and plans for Minnesota River State Trail from Appleton to the USACE Marsh Lake Dam Recreation Area. Trail is to be constructed cooperatively by Swift County on behalf of the DNR. Supplemental funds for construction engineering and inspection for the 2.5 mile segment of the Cuyuna Lakes State Trail located between Crosby and Deerwood. The development of this State Trail segment has been a cooperative effort between Deerwood Crosby Crow Wing County and the MN DOT.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2019 First Special Session Ch. 2 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language

(a) $19819000 the first year and $20777000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;

(2) acquire land and create opportunities;

(3) maintain existing holdings; and

(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan

2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$206,193
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Specifically FY20 Legacy funding will support: • Required construction engineering construction oversight and limited supplemental cost associated with the development of the 1.7 mile Bloomington Segment 1A of the Minnesota Valley State Trail (For this $3.2 M project Legacy is adding $30k for construction oversight only). When the construction of Segments 1A and 1B are complete a pedestrian trail corridor will parallel the banks of the Minnesota River and provide a connection between the pedestrian trails which traverse the river at I-35 and TH 77. The current development priorities for the MN Valley State Trail are to provide a contiguous trail corridor through Bloomington and Fort Snelling State Park.
• Provide for the preliminary feasibility design engineering and construction estimates for a new 17+ mile long segment of the Heartland State Trail located between the town of Emmaville and Itasca State Park.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In cooperation with the City of Bloomington completed engineering construction oversight and construction of the Bloomington 1.65 mile Segment 1A of the Minnesota Valley State Trail. Segment 1A opened to the public September 2020. Through partnership with City of Bloomington and USFWS completed plans & specifications for 1.7 mile Segment 1B to extend the State Trail to the old and new Cedar Ave bridge. Completed preliminary feasibility design for 17-mile Heartland Trail between Emmaville and Itasca State Park Hubbard County. Engineering was completed for the Renewal and rehabilitation of a Segment of the Sakatah-Singing Hills State Trail impacted by FEMA-designated disaster following rain event and related erosion and need for significant bank stabilization and reconstruction.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017 Regular Session Ch. 91 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language

$16584000 the first year and $18891000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;
(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
(3) maintain existing holdings; and
(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$124,966
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

FY19 measurable goals: Specifically in FY19 Legacy funds will:
• support development of a new segment of the Mill Towns ST. (For this $1.3M project Legacy is adding $15k leveraging approximately $800k in federal Transportation Alternatives Program dollars.) Outcomes will be a new pedestrian bridge over the Cannon River and about ¾ mile of trail in the City of Faribault;
• pay for vault toilet design work at C.J. Ramstad/North Shore State Trail (one new and two replacements). Again Legacy provides a critical match to leverage federal Recreational Trail Program dollars.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Specifically in FY19 Legacy contributed to: • the final planning design and partial construction funding for the installation of new vault toilets along the Northshore/CJ Ramstad State Trail. Construction was initiated but not completed in FY19. • the construction of the new Milltowns State Trail bridge and trail segment was completed and opened to the public in FY19 ($65 000). • provided limited supplementary funding for the completion of the construction of the West Road Segment of the Gichi Gami ST ($10 000).

Update on the proposed Silver Creek cooperative agreement with MnDOT: The Department of Transportation is working on the project design including the trail component – project letting is currently scheduled for later in calendar 2020.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2017 Regular Session Ch. 91 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language

$16584000 the first year and $18891000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;
(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
(3) maintain existing holdings; and
(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$22,390
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Land needed to meet the nature-based outdoor recreation needs of Minnesotans will be acquired and/or developed. High-priority development projects that encourage outdoor recreation participation and enhance or protect natural and cultural resources are completed.

Specifically in FY18 we plan to construct one key trail connection and trail bridge (Silver Creek coop with MNDOT).

Measurable Outcome(s)

FY18 accomplishments: Specifically in FY18 Legacy contributed to the planning and design of Gateway ST tunnel under Hadley Ave a project with significant safety improvements for trail users.

Update on the proposed Silver Creek cooperative agreement with MnDOT. The Department of Transportation is working on the project design including the trail component – project letting is currently scheduled for later in calendar 2019.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015 First Special Session Ch. 2 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language

$17237000 the first year and $18067000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:
(1) connect people to the outdoors;
(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
(3) maintain existing holdings; and
(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$942,102
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Land needed to meet the nature-based outdoor recreation needs of Minnesotans will be acquired and/or developed. High-priority development projects that encourage outdoor recreation participation and enhance or protect natural and cultural resources are completed.

Specifically in FY17 we plan to develop a critical half mile connection of the Gitchi Gami State Trail between Silver Bay and Beaver Bay and develop a trailhead on the Central Lakes State Trail in Fergus Falls.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY 17 we developed a critical half mile connection of the Gitchi Gami State Trail between Silver Bay and Beaver Bay and a trailhead on the Central Lakes State Trail in Fergus Falls.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015 First Special Session Ch. 2 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language

$17237000 the first year and $18067000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:
(1) connect people to the outdoors;
(2) acquire land and create opportunities;
(3) maintain existing holdings; and
(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$794,100
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To create unforgettable recreation experiences that inspire the public to pass along the love for the outdoors to the next generation.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY16 we completed design and planning for the development of the Gitchi-Gami State Trail West Road connection (Beaver Bay to Silver Bay) to be constructed in 2017. (New trail miles were developed in 2016 just not with Legacy Funds).

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013 Ch. 137 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language

$16821000 the first year and $16953000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;

(2) acquire land and create opportunities;

(3) maintain existing holdings; and

(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,406,214
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To create unforgettable recreation experiences that inspire the public to pass along the love for the outdoors to the next generation.

Measurable Outcome(s)

This year we completed the 6 mile Browns Creek State Trail. In addition several other projects will be completed including paving more than 20 miles of the Luce State Trail to constructing a memorial parking lot on the Glacial Lakes State Trail and constructing three important trail bridges that will allow for new trail development along the Mill Towns and Blazing Star State Trails.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013 Ch. 137 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language

$16821000 the first year and $16953000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:

(1) connect people to the outdoors;

(2) acquire land and create opportunities;

(3) maintain existing holdings; and

(4) improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,502,218
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To create unforgettable recreation experiences that inspire the public to pass along the love for the outdoors to the next generation.

Measurable Outcome(s)

A 3-mile segment of trail was completed on the Minnesota State Trail from Shakopee Memorial Park to the USFWS parking lot in Shakopee MN. In addition significant construction progress was also made on the Brown's Creek connection to the Gateway and on a connection from the Paul Bunyan State Trail into Crown Wing State Park. Both of these projects will be completed by late summer/fall 2014.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011 First Special Session Ch. 6 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language

Sec. 3. Department of Natural Resources
(a)$14262000 the first year and $14603000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:
(1)Connect people to the outdoors;
(2)Acquire land and create opportunities;
(3)Maintain existing holdings; and
(4)Improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To create unforgettable recreation experiences that inspire the public to pass along the love for the outdoors to the next generation.

Measurable Outcome(s)

In FY12 the Parks and Trails Division initiated the engineering and design for the development of key sections of new improved State Trail along the Browns Creek Luce Line and Paul Bunyan State Trails. Construction of the 6 mile Paul Bunyan State Trail segment has been completed.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011 First Special Session Ch. 6 Art. 3 Sec. 3(a)(2)
Appropriation Language

Sec. 3. Department of Natural Resources
(a)$14262000 the first year and $14603000 the second year are for state parks recreation areas and trails to:
(1)Connect people to the outdoors;
(2)Acquire land and create opportunities;
(3)Maintain existing holdings; and
(4)Improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000
Project Manager
First Name
Kent
Last Name
Skaar
Organization Name
MNDNR Division of Parks and Trails
Street Address
500 Lafayette Rd
City
St Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55155
Phone
(651) 259-5636
Email
kent.skaar@state.mn.us
Administered By
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Location

500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155

Phone
651-296-6157
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