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France Avenue trail

France Avenue trail project

Using the pedestrian and bicycle trails along the west side of France Avenue is about to get safer and easier. About three miles of trail along the corridor will be constructed to meet today’s standards for multiuse trails, making them wider with improved intersection crossings. A boardwalk crossing over Nine Mile Creek will be constructed to move people off the existing shoulder. 

The current bicycle and pedestrian facilities on the west side of France Avenue are a patchwork of sidewalks, narrow trails and paved shoulders. Navigating them requires weaving and there is little separation between trail users and traffic.

Construction on this project began in June. It will be completed in cooperation with Hennepin County. The City of Bloomington applied for and received a federal grant through the Metropolitan Council’s regional solicitation process, which will fund a portion of the project cost. The remainder of the cost will be funded by the City.

For more information, visit blm.mn/franceavetrail or call 952-563-4870.