Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials expect to have the Brown’s Creek Trail project completed by late next summer, according to the update presented to the Stillwater City Council Tuesday night.
DNR official Kent Skaar outlined the project’s funding and schedule to city officials. The project recently received full funding from Legacy funds assigned by the legislature. This increased the pace at which the DNR can complete the project and tie the Brown’s Creek trail into the Gateway State Trail, Skaar added.
Two bridges on the trail will be constructed this summer, including one near the Oak Glen Golf Club and the second over Minnesota 95.
Construction on the Oak Glen G.C. bridge started Monday. Skaar said that bridge is a complete replacement and would be paved as the last step of the construction. The bridge itself is expected to be completed Aug. 30 and the final completion date with the paving has yet to be determined, according to Skaar.
The MN 95 bridge will be a rehabilitation of an existing span at that site. Skaar said the rehabbed bridge won’t be much different than current span, but it will be raised slightly on one side during construction to prevent bending.
Skaar said construction on the MN 95 bridge is expected to start in August and must be coordinated with MnDOT. He added that there could be some road closures as part of the work. Construction is expected end in mid-September, he added.
A third trail bridge over Manning Avenue is expected to be constructed next year, Skaar said.
The schedule presented by the DNR includes:
- Final plans and specifications will be completed in January or February. 2014
- The contract is bid in March 2014 and awarded in April.
- Estimated construction start date for the Manning Avenue bridge is in April or May 2014
- Construction on the trail is expected to be completed in August or September 2014.
Skaar said Brown’s Creek trail construction is expected to start in downtown Stillwater and move west to the Gateway Trail to prevent people from following the trail in a construction zone. The trail remains closed until further notice.