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Hastings Bridge Trail

Hastings Bridge Trail

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Local Governments Requesting a 2014 Capital Appropriation
Local Governments Requesting a 2014 Capital Appropriation

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Published by: SenateDFL on Mar 24, 2014
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 Attachment A For Local Governments Requesting a 2014 Capital Appropriation
I. Project Basics
: Washington County 2)
Project title
: Hastings Bridge Trail 3)
Project priority number 
: 2 4)
Project location
: Hastings, Dakota County, Denmark Township, Washington County 5)
Ownership and Operation
: Who will own the facility: Minnesota Department of Transportation Who will operate the facility: Washington County Names of any private entities that will occupy/use any portion of the building: 6)
Project contact person:
Peter Mott, 651.430.4328, peter.mott@co.washington.mn.us 
II. Project Description
Description and Rationale:
 Provide a brief project description and rationale (one page maximum). This request is for $2 million in state bond funding for predesign, design, and construction of a new trail bridge located in Hastings and Washington County.  An important ¼ mile gap exists between existing and planned trail systems in Washington and Dakota Counties at the location of the new Hasting Bridge replacement project. This ¼ mile gap crosses a set railroad tracks and contains other design and safety related challenges. If this project is not funded a serious safety problem will emerge as pedestrians using the new Hastings Bridge to cross into Washington County will be forced to either use the existing roadway or trespass on railroad-owned property. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has made significant improvements to the pedestrian/bicycle infrastructure associated with the current Hastings Bridge replacement project. Once completed, the new Hastings Bridge will provide a separated trail for pedestrians who want to cross the bridge (the old bridge had no accommodation). On the Dakota County side of the bridge, the trail will connect seamlessly to the local and regional trails in the area of Hastings. On the Washington County side of the bridge, the trail terminates ¼ mile away from a planned and funded regional trail; the Point Douglas Regional Trail (planned for development in 2015-16). This proposal seeks the timely involvement of the Minnesota Legislature to assist in closing this important trail gap. The Hastings Bridge replacement project is expected to conclude in 2014. Washington County is preparing to design (2014) and construct the 2-mile Point
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Douglas Regional Trail corridor in 2015-16 using a $1million Federal Transportation Enhancement grant and $780,000 of constitutionally dedicated Park and Trail Fund grants. If successful, Washington County will incorporate the predesign, design, and construction of the proposed new trail bridge with the Point Douglas Regional Trail development project.  Additionally, Washington County intends to operate this new trail bridge, ensuring it won’t be added to MnDOT operating costs. The purpose of this new trail bridge project is to provide a safe pedestrian trail connection between the local and regional trails of Hastings/Dakota County and Washington County where none exists today. This will be accomplished by constructing a new trail bridge over a set of railroad tracks near the new Hastings Bridge replacement project and connecting the new bridge to the Point Douglas Regional Trail.
Point Douglas Regional Trail Description:
Washington County’s Point Douglas Regional Trail provides pedestrian access to spectacular vistas along two nationally recognized rivers – the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. The trail will also provide a pedestrian link between the historic downtown areas of Prescott, WI, and Hastings, MN. While these communities are well-served by the U.S. highways, there is no direct pedestrian or bicycle route connection. Additionally, this trail link is also the hub of a comprehensive existing and planned regional trail systems in Dakota County, MN, Pierce County, WI, and Washington County, MN.
Hastings/Dakota County Trail Description:
Local and regional trails emanate from the new pedestrian infrastructure on the new Hastings Bridge. A direct connection to the Vermillion River Trail brings bicyclists and walkers directly into the Historic District of Hastings, providing a multitude of interesting cultural experiences for trail users. Additionally, Dakota County’s section of the Mississippi River Trail connects to the new bridge and offers 27 miles of off-road trail experiences (existing and planned/funded) including sections in Spring Lake Regional Park and Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific Natural Area. The new trail on the Hastings Bridge will also connect to a planned trail that will connect the City of Red Wing to the City of Hastings. 8)
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III. Project Financing
The following table describing the total amount of financial resources needed and the proposed uses of funds must be submitted for each project.
 Enter amounts in thousands ($100,000 should be entered as $100).
 Enter the amount of state funding requested on the line “State GO Bonds Requested”.
 Uses of Funds must show how all funding sources will be used, not just the state funding requested.
Sources of Funds total must equal Uses of Funds total.
 In most cases, the state share should not exceed 50% of the total project cost. Do the project cost estimates below include inflation (see question 10 below)?
X Yes
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Sources of Funds
Dollars in Thousands Prior Years For 2014 For 2016 For 2018
Total State GO Bonds Requested
2000 2000
Funds Already Committed
 State Funds City Funds County Funds Other Local Government Funds Federal Funds Non-Governmental Funds
Pending Contributions
 City Funds County Funds Other Local Government Funds Federal Funds Non-Governmental Funds l
2000 2000
Uses of Funds
Dollars in Thousands Prior Years For 2014 For 2016 For 2018
Land Acquisition Predesign
(required for projects over $1.5 M)
 20 20 Design
(including construction administration)
 125 125 Project Management 125 125 Construction 1730 1730 Furniture/Fixtures/Equipment Relocation (not bond-eligible)
2000 2000
Totals must be the same.
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