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Minnesota River Valley

Minnesota Valley State Trail coming

In December, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) awarded a contract to begin construction on the Bloomington segment of the Minnesota Valley State Trail. When completed, the Bloomington segment will stretch 13 miles from the Bloomington Ferry Bridge to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge visitor’s center.

Construction will occur in phases as the DNR obtains State funding. Work is slated to begin in late summer 2019. The first phase will start at Lyndale and progress east to the Xcel powerline corridor.

The 10-foot-wide paved state trail will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, making the Minnesota River Valley more accessible. Existing natural surface trails will remain, allowing for two unique user experiences. However, there are segments where the trails must converge to cross streams or to minimize environmental impacts. In those locations, users will share the paved trail.

The City Council authorized an agreement to allow the DNR to construct the trail on City-owned land. The DNR must obtain similar permission from other landowners, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and a handful of private owners to construct the trail on their lands.

For information, visit blm.mn/rivertrail or call 952-563-8920.