|7/23/2021 12:11:00 PM|
Bike trail funding won for North Branch-Harris segment
The long-hoped for plan to do 2.6 miles of paved Sunrise Prairie Regional Trail connecting North Branch and Harris, made it through the just-ended legislative special session. The trail and a basic trailhead near the sheriff’s district office on Hwy 61, Harris, are approved for funding as a 2022 project.
Parks planner for North Branch, Nate Sondrol, announced at a city parks commission meeting the funding was coming and parks boosters called the grant is welcome news.
There are 18 miles of Sunrise Prairie Regional Trail coming up from the Washington county line through Wyoming and Stacy now.
The Greater MN Parks and Trails Commission filters applications submitted for this funding program. This segment, funded at $1,182,282, was number two in size, out of 11 projects recommended by GMNPTC to the legislature (story Press Jan. 28). A total of $7.7 million was earmarked in the finalist list that goes to the legislative session for a final say.
Chisago County Parks & Trails Foundation, a local non-profit, is contributing $5,000 towards this section as well.
Chisago County Environmental Services Director Kurt Schneider told the Press “It will be an exciting and I believe, well used, segment of the trail to connect these two cities.”
There is a county share of $209,520 due as a match for the grant, so in total the goal is to have a project bid come in at less than $1,391,802.
“The timeline is expected to allow (the) design and bid process, so that we (construct) next spring/summer, Schneider added.