Portions of Willard Munger State Trail to be Closed for Repairs, Reconstruction | Sports & Recreation
Written by the Minnesota DNR
Portions of the Willard Munger State Trail will close this summer between Carlton and Duluth for repairs and maintenance related to the June 2012 flood.
In late April, contractors will begin redecking the St. Louis River and Forbay bridges. The second phase of the project involves resurfacing the trail from the Forbay bridge to the city of Carlton. The project could take up to six weeks to complete, and the trail will be closed from Carlton to Thompson during that period.
The multi-use trail runs from Hinckley to Duluth.
In West Duluth, trail users can expect to see closures beginning in early June. The trail section from the parking area adjacent to the Willard Munger Inn to 93rd Avenue will be under construction to repair flood damage.
The segment of trail from Carlton to 93rd Avenue (between the segments under construction) will be open for travel; however, users can expect to see some unpaved areas where repairs are needed.
Closed trails will have signs during construction.
"Crews will be using heavy equipment in many of the closed areas, and it will be unsafe for visitors to use those trail segments during construction," said Marty Torgerson, area supervisor for the DNR’s Parks and Trails Division. "We ask that people be patient and stay safe as we work through the construction."
Before the storm damage, the trail was paved for 70 continuous miles and was used for hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, horseback riding and snowmobiling.
A map of trail segments affected by construction is posted at http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/destinations/state_trails/willard_munger/co.... Additional construction is possible as funding becomes available. For updates and more information, check the website or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157, toll-free 888-646-6367, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.