County to finish trail corridor survey

Washington county will complete the Brown’s Creek State Trail boundary survey to help the state Department of Natural Resources begin trail development from downtown Stillwater to the Gateway Trail under an agreement approved by the the Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

On a separate project , commissioners approved a contract with Braun Intertec Corp to survey properties on several streets and minor vibrations at those sites to set up a baseline for surrounding buildings before road construction.

The state will pay the county $25,000 to finish the Brown’s Creek trail boundary survey after the state asked for the county’s help in the project.

The county provided part of the funds for the state’s purchase of the Brown’s Creek trail corridor and is working with the DNR to design and build safe trail crossings or county roads, and plan for trail uses and facilities that compliment the trail system.

The Brown’s Creek trail will be built on the former Stillwater Zephyr dinner train rail bed.

The vibration-monitoring project cost the county $86,535 and is being done as part of pavement rehabiliation around the intersection of Third and Chestnut streets that starts later this year. The work will be done from Orleans Street and the road’s Chestnut Street section from third to Main streets.

The vibration-monitoring project’s goal is to help avoid damage to properties in the work area from heavy construction. Several buildings are listed on Stillwater’s Heirloom & Landmark Sites program.