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Details Still Being Worked out for Cross City Trail Reroute, Public Input Wanted

Updated: 05/29/2014 12:07 AM
Created: 05/29/2014 11:59 PM WDIO.com

The City of Duluth is going back to the drawing board, and asking for public input on how to move forward with the Cross City Trail.

The original plan was met with backlash by community members in the Irving neighborhood last month. They delivered a petition with 80 signatures to city leaders asking to reroute the trial, fearing removal of sidewalks and trees.

Then, Mayor Don Ness pitched a new idea at the end of April: 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.

Now, the focus is how to connect the trail from West Superior and Carlton Streets to 63rd Avenue West and the former DWP rail line.

On Wednesday, Denfeld High School hosted a meeting with a short presentation by engineering firm SEH and offered attendees chance for feedback on things like route and design options.

“Tonight it's really just to seek and gather input from the public on the area and the number of opportunities and amenities that are in the area,” John Kelley said, a planner with the City of Duluth. “Really try to determine the best way to connect the dots and provide a great experience trail-wise.”

They hope to eventually connect the recreation pathway to the Munger Trail, possibly in 2015.

Another meeting is being scheduled for mid-June, although exact details have not been worked out, Kelley said.

You can send comments to Kelley via email: jkelley@duluthmn.gov; or by phone: 218-730-5326.

According to Duluth’s 2014-2018 Capitol Improvement Plan, the project is a combination of $2.1 million federal grants, $488,000 in state grants and the city's match of $537,000.

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