Planners Look to Extend Bassett Creek Regional Trail
Planners are looking to extend the Bassett Creek Regional Trail by one mile from Regent Avenue and Duluth Street east to Theodore Wirth Park. It would connect with the Grand Rounds Trail, which runs through Minneapolis.
The 10-foot wide trail would run along the south side of Duluth Street and Golden Valley Road. According to planning engineers, the project won’t impact private property, though there may be a couple places that require a small amount of land acquistion.
“Most of what we’re intending to do is use public right-of-way,” said Stewart Crosby with SRF Consulting Group. “That is the part of our design process right now, is looking to see can we fit the trail within the existing road right-of-way, which means we have to pull some curbs in and look at different lane configurations. Generally speaking, we can do that.”
The project is a partnership between the Three Rivers Park District, the city of Golden Valley and Hennepin County. Three Rivers plans to apply for a federal transportation grant that could help fund 80 percent of the trail’s $3.15 million expected cost. Construction could start in 2023.
The Bassett Creek Regional Trail travels seven miles from French Regional Park in Plymouth east through New Hope and Crystal and into Golden Valley.
As part of this project, an additional local trail connection will be constructed along Duluth Street from Regent Avenue west to Douglas Drive. This connection will add nearly another mile of trail and help connect more neighborhood trail users to the regional trail network.
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