Project Location

West River Parkway
in Mill Ruins Park near Portland Ave

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Project Manager

Julia Roessler
Phone: 612-230-6463

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Correo Electró


Current Phase: Construction

Work in 2019 is anticipated to begin in October and to wrap up in November

Work in 2019 is anticipated to begin in October and to wrap up in November, except for trail striping on the new planks which will likely take place in 2020.

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Project Milestones

Summer to Fall 2019

  • Bidding

Summer 2019

  • Bid Award

Fall to early Winter 2019

  • Construction

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In 2003, the entire road and trails (58-foot wide and 600-ft long) were constructed of planks at a cost of over $1 million. In 2010, the 24-foot-wide roadbed portion of the plank road in West River Parkway was removed and replaced with concrete at a cost of approximately $470,000 due to issues with the planks failing.

In 2013, the West River and James I Rice Parkway CAC recommendation was that the plank trail be retained as an iconic interpretive feature of the Mill Ruins Park. It was noted that the trail was failing and in need of repair, but that funding was lacking.  In 2015, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board adopted the Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park Master Plan, which indicated no significant change to the plank trail.

A subsequent study was conducted in 2016 by a consultant on behalf of the MPRB to examine the existing condition of the plank trail, and to evaluate and propose alternatives for its maintenance, repair and replacement. The outcome of the study report was re-engineering the failing plank trail. The re-engineered trail replacement is a multi-year phased project with portions of the plank trail being replaced as funding becomes available.

Phase one of the project included replacement of 96 feet of trail, approximately.

Phase two of the project included replacement of 84 feet of trail, approximately.

Funding Sources:

Regional Trail Rehabilitation – O & M Lottery Proceeds