Work on Willard Munger Trail Underway
Posted at: 09/24/2012 10:41 PM
| Updated at: 09/24/2012 10:44 PM
By: Dayna Landgrebe
The Willard Munger State Trail was a victim of June's flooding, but substantial work is underway to possibly open the trail by the end of fall.
On Monday night, a group turned out in Carlton County to get a progress report on the trail, along with work at Jay Cooke State Park and Highway 210.
Marty Torgerson, Area Supervisor with the DNR Parks and Trails, said the first phases of repair deal with stablizing the slope, preventing further erosion, and allowing more silt from entering the waterways.
But with all that work underway, Torgerson said people are still slipping in to use the trail. He said there's plenty of heavy equipment there, and they need to stay off.
"The trail is closed anyway, but with that type of equipment on the trail, we really want to make sure the public is aware and stay of the trail so the work can be done safely and nobody is injured," Torgerson said.
Torgerson said the Minnesota Department of Transportation hopes to fully repair the trail before the ground freezes.
As for repairs in Jay Cooke State Park, crews are working to fix a culvert system, which runs beneath Highway 210. Once that's complete the park could likely reopen, which could be near the end of October.