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Mayor Ness Pitches New Cross-City Trail Route to Councilors

Updated: 04/21/2014 8:56 PM
Created: 04/21/2014 8:51 PM WDIO.com

The route of a controversial cross-city trail in Duluth could be changing.

Mayor Don Ness presented a new proposal to councilors at City Hall Monday night in a committee of the whole meeting.

His idea is to have the trail run west from Lincoln Park through neighborhoods, by schools and parks. More than half of the trail would follow West 6th Street. The other option puts the trail near Interstate 35 and an industrial area.

According to Ness, his proposal would be cheaper, but that choosing that option will mean giving up financial help, and pushing construction back until 2015. "It is better off to forego the $500,000 grant and get to a better plan; a plan that will be used; a plan that will hopefully get greater neighborhood and community support."

Ness' proposal comes after more than 80 residents in the Irving neighborhood signed a petition sent to the city, asking for the route to be changed. They said plans called for the removal of sidewalks and 30 trees.

Councilors decided Monday that Ness' ideas are worth pursuing, according to the city. They said city engineers will be putting together a more solid plan.

Ness' proposed trail route is seen on the top of the map
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