Oct 15, 2013 at 1:24 pm
ST. CLOUD (KNSI) - The Beaver Island Trail is one more step closer to completion.
On Tuesday, St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis, local lawmakers and members of the community braved chilly weather to hold a ceremonial ribbon cutting of the newly finished Phase 4 of the project.
The event was held at the new trail head shelter behind FedEx at the intersection of 33rd Street South and County Road 75. The development, which includes the new shelter, stretches from 33rd Street South to River Bluffs Regional Park.
Kleis says many developments - houses and apartment complexes - have popped up in recent years, and bicyclists and pedestrians will be using the trail for their work commutes in addition to leisure activity.
"This trail will add an aspect of commuter travel - in fact, it already has, because the minute we completed the paving, you could see people on bikes in the morning hours and returning in the evening."
Kleis says the ultimate goal is to connect the Beaver Island Trail system with the Wobegon Trail.
The project was completed with revenue from local option sales tax dollars, along with a $200,000 DNR Regional Trail grant and $278,000 in federal transportation funds.
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