West River/James I Rice Parkways Trail Improvements
The MPRB will be improving trails along the west bank of the Mississippi River from Franklin Avenue to Plymouth Avenue. Planning was completed in the fall of 2013; construction is scheduled to begin in early fall of 2014.
The MPRB has been awarded $1.8 million in federal transportation enhancement funding for 3.5 miles of trail improvements along West River Parkway (WRP) and James I Rice Parkway (JIRP). Regional Park Operation and Maintenance Lottery Proceeds and the Minnesota Legacy Amendment will provide the required local match. These trails currently provide vital off-street recreational and commuting connections within the region and city and are part of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. The project area receives over 1.6 million visits annually.
The project calls for complete reconstruction of the existing trails for improved safety and durability. Some segments of bicycle and pedestrian trails have not been reconstructed since their original installation 27 years ago. New paving, lighting, signs, and rest stops with benches and drinking water are included in the project scope. The trails will be redesigned to meet current MPRB and federal standards. These improvements are not expected to change the current use of this area as a popular trail segment with multiple connections to existing on and off-street trail systems, including the Cedar Lake Regional Trail and the newly-opened U of M Trail.
This project intersects two other planning studies currently underway at the MPRB: The Central Riverfront Master Plan and the Waterworks/Fuji-ya Visioning.
The project is in the Construction Bidding phase. Bids will be opened July 10, 2014.
Contact Deborah Bartels, Project Manager, MPRB Planning at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-230-6438
An appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC) helped guide planning process.
Community Meeting Schedule: All meetings were held Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Board Room of the MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis. There will be time for public comment at all meetings.
- November 6, 2013 | Public Hearing | 6:30pm
- October 15, 2013 - Meeting #3
- October 1 - An Open House was held Tuesday October 1, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Board Room of the MPRB Headquarters to review planning efforts to date.
- September 24, 2013 - Meeting #2
- September 3, 2013 - Meeting #1
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