Construction will soon begin on the next addition to Rochester’s alternate transportation system. The next bridge will cross Valleyhigh drive near the trail head for the Douglas Trail. The Douglas Trail is the most used trail in the MN state system. This bridge is the latest safety improvement connecting Rochester’s vast NW neighborhoods to downtown.
We had estimated that bridge and approaches would cost $2.51 million, but the actual cost came in$2.11 million. The funding source for the project is the constitutional sales tax, Federal Enhancement funds, and Municipal State Aid Funds. No city levy funds will be used for this project.
In an unrelated bike safety story. Look for significant safety improvements to the trail crossing of 2nd Street SW at West Circle Drive. If the sales tax passes, 2nd street will be rebuilt between Highway 52 and West Circle Drive.