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France Avenue trails are on an improved path

The trails on France Avenue’s west side between West Old Shakopee Road and West 84th Street are getting a new look. The $5.6 million project will update the three-mile corridor to meet multiuse standards with added width, improved intersection crossings and a new Nine Mile Creek boardwalk crossing. 

The upgrades will add to the comfort and safety of users. The current patchwork of sidewalks, narrow trails and paved shoulders offers inconsistent protection and tight spacing from other traffic. User access will be expanded for a variety of destinations, including connections to West Old Shakopee Road, West 90th Street and West 84th Street. 

The design is expected to be complete this fall, with construction starting in March 2019 at the boardwalk crossing, and continuing through fall of 2019. 

The City received a federal grant through the Metropolitan Council and another grant from Hennepin County as part of the 2018 Hennepin County Bikeway Grant Program. The remaining project costs will be funded by the City.