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Irving Residents Protest Placement of Cross City Trail

Updated: 04/08/2014 10:11 PM
Created: 04/08/2014 8:46 PM WDIO.com

Duluth leaders are pushing a connected biking and running system called the Cross-city Trail, but plans to carve it through the Irving Neighborhood have residents upset.

Neighbors said the plans call for removing their sidewalks and cutting down nearly 30 trees along their quiet streets. They didn't hear about the plan until last month at a public meeting.

The residents feel their request to move the trail won't be considered because construction is expected to start this summer.

“Nobody in this area had ever heard anything about it. Other areas of the city did according to what the people from the city said. Everybody's for it except for the people who live along the affected route,” John Paquette said.

He said 80 residents signed a petition asking the city to find an alternate route. They even proposed a plan to run the trail north of Grand Avenue along old railroad lines because the current trail will run just feet away from some living room windows.

“Our safety for one thing, our privacy for another thing. They said that they would put a fence up, and I have as you can see six paces not six feet to the line,” Lorraine Miller said.

The trail would also zigzag across the busy intersection at Central Avenue and Bristol Street. The neighbors said that route is dangerous especially because it crosses the Interstate 35 entrance and exit ramps on Central Avenue.

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