Building a Multi-Use Trail Over Rocks and Ravines

Challenge

A four-mile segment of the 26-mile Mississippi River Regional Trail (MRRT) needed to be completed under an aggressive timeline. Adding to the challenge, the trail traveled through a significant amount of rocky terrain, private rights-of-way, and across a number of steep ravines.

Solution

The multidisciplined project team worked together to deliver a continuous 12-foot bituminous trail surface that guides users past four formalized overlooks and a 1,000-foot-long cliff to a bluff overlooking a picturesque valley.

Features

  • Two bridge crossings
  • Scenic overlooks
  • Concrete pads and benches
  • Landscaping and ecological restoration
  • Interpretive signage
  • Multi-use trailhead

Project
Spring Lake Park Reserve Trail

Location
Dakota County, Minn.

Client
Dakota County

Services

  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Services
  • Environmental Engineers and Scientists
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Natural Resource Scientists
  • Planning and Landscape Architecture
  • Structural Engineering
  • Surveying