Paved State Trail Maintenance and Asset Preservation
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$160,000
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$160,000
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$295,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$295,000
Source:Parks & Trails Fund
Start Date:July 2009
Activity Type:Capital Development/Rehabilitation
Project OverviewProvide expanded state trail safety and efforts to protect the integrity of the paved surfaces. This included erecting larger stop and stop ahead signing to be consistent with national standards. Also included additional crack sealing efforts in a more timely manner, increase effort in mowing to increase user safety, reduce woody vegetation close to the trail and reduce the damage to trail surface caused by root suckering. More mowing and timely mowing also reduces the threat of invasives be spread by seeds by mowing prior to that. Provide additional sweeping or surface cleaning to ensure user safety.
About the Issue
The Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Trails Division efforts to expand quality outdoor recreational opportunities has been greatly enhanced by this effort. Minnesota state trail system is better signed, making it safer and much more enjoyable. Trail surface is now being preserved in the best possible condition, cracks in the asphalt are being identified and dealt with quickly, surface is being cleaned on a regular basis so it remains safe and enjoyable, edge of the trails are mowed in a timely fashion to reduce the threat of surface damage due to root suckering, preventing invasives from going to seed and spreading until they can be dealt with appropriately and allowing the native vegetation to flourish. This effort provides the public with quality trail opportunities that are mapped, signed and well maintained close to home.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN