The Lakewalk Extends Over Lester River, Under Hwy 61

Posted at: 09/06/2013 5:16 PM | Updated at: 09/06/2013 5:33 PM
By: Maarja Anderson

The first week of September has offered perfect weather to enjoy the Lakewalk, and now walkers, bikers, and rollerbladers can enjoy more of the paved path. 

The City of Duluth officially opened their latest extension of the Lakewalk. Mayor Don Ness said it was a $2.5 million project. The Lakewalk now reaches 7.3 miles.

"Today is an exciting day because the Lakewalk has reached its final destination," said Ness at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The extension is now open to the public, but before it was finished, Kathy Winkler got a sneak peek. While trying to find her way to Brighton Beach to see the Tall Ships six weeks ago, she came upon a surprise.

"I saw this paved path and when I followed it there was a tunnel!" said Winkler. "I was so excited!"

The extension is just over half a mile, but Ness said that last portion was one of the trickiest parts to construct. They had to cross over Lester River with a 180-foot bridge, and cross under Highway 61 with a tunnel.

"I went racing through the tunnel before it got full of people just to see what it's like doing it really fast," said avid cyclist, Tony Garay.

Winkler just had one word to describe the new addition.

"Luxurious, it feels luxurious when you're on it," said Winkler.

Ness said the city isn't finished yet with their work. They have plans to connect the Lakewalk with the Munger Trail, as well as connect the communities of Proctor and Hermantown to the Lakewalk.

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