Old Cedar Bridge and Cayuna MTB Trails

Posted by Doug Shidell, March 3rd, 2009

Old Cedar Bridge Replacement Project – All but $1.3 million of the $4 million needed to remove and replace this structure has been secured. The final portion of funds needed to move forward will hopefully come from the Economic Stimulus package being developed by Congress. The good news for the Old Cedar Project, though, is that a separate appropriation from the Bloomington U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Recreation Area was submitted for the Stimulus Bill and has higher priority because it’s on federal property and would use federal workers. If this funding comes through, demolition of the Old Cedar Bridge would take place later in 09 with a new bridge completed in 2010.

Cuyuna County State Recreation Area – This project to construct a mountain bike trail network and IMBA Ride Center continues to move along in the Crosby Ironton area of Northern Minnesota. Roughly 30 miles of trail has been GPS’d and drawn, including short Beginner trails that loop out and back from the Cuyuna Lakes paved trail that runs through the property. Intermediate and Expert trails have also been plotted, as well as a Skills Park area that uses boulders the size of Volkswagen Beetles. Bids for construction will go out soon with the goal of having the trail network rideable by the end of 2009.

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