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)
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)?