Two county trails get new bridges

DNR opens relocated historic span on Gateway Trail; county celebrates Hardwood Creek opening July 2

STAFF REPORT

Two popular Washington County walking and biking trails will open new bridges in the next two weeks that eliminate two dangerous at-grade crossings.

The state Department of Natural Resources host a grand opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday for the new Gateway State Trail bridge over Manning Avenue north of Stillwater in Grant Township.

The Gateway trail bridge over Manning Avenue is a historic span more than 100 years old that was located by the DNR to the trail from Koochiching County. The Gateway trail bridge relocation and reconstruction was a first-of-its-kind project between the DNR and MnDOT historic bridge preservation programs.

The Gateway trail runs nearly 18 miles from Cayuga Street in St. Paul to Pine Point in Stillwater Township.

Washington County and Forest Lake will host a grand opening of the Hardwood Creek Regional Trail Bridge at 2 p.m. July 2 at the south end of the span.

Visitors to the opening should meet at the south end of the bridge at County Road 83 just east of U.S. Highway 61 and bring a bike, walking shoes, rollerblades or whatever else is needed to use the bridge. Families with children are welcome to join the celebration.

After the ceremony, residents are invited to stay to enjoy the trail, visit with county and city officials, and participate in Fourth of July festivities near Broadway Avenue in Forest Lake.

For more information, call Mindy Leadholm at 651-430-4361 or e-mail her at Mindy.Leadholm@co.washington.mn.us.

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