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Monday, December 12, 2016

River to River Greenway open house

Dakota County is hosting an open house to gather public input to help shape the future of the River to River Greenway trail crossing at Robert Street in West St. Paul.
 
The open house will be held Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Dakota County Wentworth Library, 199 Wentworth Ave. E, West St. Paul, 55118. The public is invited to review trail crossing alternatives and provide feedback to the planning team.
 
In 2014, the city of West St. Paul was awarded $2 million in state bond funds to construct a grade-separated crossing for the River to River Greenway.  In 2015, Dakota County adopted the River to River Greenway Master Plan, which identified a grade separated crossing as the preferred way for regional trail users to cross Robert Street.
 
The open house will give residents the opportunity to discuss the River to River Greenway Robert Street Pedestrian Crossing Feasibility Study. The feasibility study is a refinement to a study completed in 2011 that evaluated seven grade separated crossing options.  The new study includes the evaluation of an at-grade crossing of Wentworth, as well as further refinement of two grade-separated underpass options identified from the 2011 study. 
 
​The River to River Greenway travels 7.7 miles from the Lilydale trailhead of the Big Rivers Regional Trail to Kaposia Landing and the Mississippi River Regional Trail. The greenway travels through parks and residential and commercial areas in the communities of Mendota Heights, West St. Paul and South St. Paul.
 
For more information on the River to River Greenway project, visit www.co.dakota.mn.us/parks and search river to river. For additional open house information or accommodations, contact John Mertens, project manager, at 952-891-7036 orjohn.mertens@co.dakota.mn.us.

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