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This is where you will find information about various projects relevant to the Gateway & Brown's Creek Trails.

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  • 01/31/2020 2:14 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    Good news for spring bikers and walkers

    The DNR has agreed to a request from GBCTA and will be plowing the Gateway Browns Creek trail from Jamaca to Manning (Browns Creek) during the winter to spring transition. This is intended to be after the cross country ski season and so not affect that use.

    The main goal is to greatly reduce  the lingering packed ice-rutted snow in wooded sections that has made typically made the trail very unpleasant for biking and hiking in the first half of April. With the winter long existing plowing regimes  (St Paul - Jamaca, and Manning (BCreek) to Stilllwater already in place)  this will enable St Paul - Stillwater bike rides by the much safer Gateway - Browns Creek trail (vs road shoulders) possible. There may be some snow and ice remaining (or new snow falls) but it should not be in long and deep sections.  At present the Duluth Junction to Pine Point section of the Gateway will be left unplowed all winter.

    So get out there on your bike in early April and enjoy a ride to Stillwater or ?

    Ian Harding

  • 01/30/2020 8:16 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    A $4.6 milllion bonding request has been submitted to the MN State Legislature 2020 session by the City of Scandia for the extension of the state's most popular bike trail, the Gateway Trail from William O'Brien state park to Scandia. There is both exceptional local community interest for local biking, and strong support from regional cycling enthusiasts. The trail extension will enhance the economic viability of Scandia as well as linking to the Swedish Immigrant trail.

    We hope you can support this online petition (click on it for the link)

    www.ipetitions.com/petition/get-the-gateway-trail-to-scandia


    Complete details are here:

    Gateway Bill Talking Points.docx

    Gateway Capital budget request for 2020.pdf

    A Gateway to Scandia day at the Capitol event is scheduled for March 16th

    more details here.

    Please support this effort so we can get the trail extended to Scandia.




  • 01/30/2020 6:17 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    About 800 people enjoyed the Jan 24 2020 Candlelight walk along the Gateway trail. Thank you to the DNR !

    Click here to see pictures

  • 12/09/2019 4:55 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    MN DOT has issued another update for the Stillwater Loop Trail and Lift Bridge project . We have a date (tentative ) for the grand opening of May 15 - May 16 2020

    From MNDOT

    With winter right around the corner, most work on the Stillwater Lift Bridge has been suspended for the season. And all of the construction trailers and other equipment and supplies have been moved out of the parking lot along Lowell Park just north of Chestnut St. The lift bridge remains barricaded at both ends and the public is cautioned to remain off the bridge and out of the construction area.

    As weather permits, limited work will continue on the lift span of the bridge. Early next spring, we will replace parts of the lift mechanism used to raise and lower the lift span as work wraps up on the bridge.

    The loop trail and St. Croix Crossing bridge will be plowed by the city of Stillwater on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix River. However, although the loop trail on the Wisconsin side of the river is open for winter uses such as hiking, snowshoeing and fat-tire biking, it will not be plowed. St. Croix County has placed signs on the trail notifying users that the county will not maintain the trail during the winter.

    We anticipate repairs will be completed sometime in early spring before the Lift and Loop Grand Opening celebration May 15 and 16, 2020. More information will be sent out later this winter.

    If you’d like more information about the Stillwater Lift Bridge project, please visit: mndot.gov/metro/projects/liftbridge




  • 11/24/2019 6:13 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    A large crowd of folks (politicians, engineers, construction workers, employees and the general public) was on hand on Friday Nov 22nd  to formally celebrate the opening of the new Hadley / hwy 36 Interchange with the new Gateway Trail tunnel. 

    The supporting groups of Washington County, MN DOT, MN DNR, City of Oakdale, GBCTA, contractors, Fleet Farm, MN State Legislature, Federal Highway Administration and others were all represented.  US Congresswoman Betty McCollum, MN Senator Chuck Wiger, and MN Congressman Leon Lillie  were among the many speakers praising the project team for a job well done. The honors of cutting the ribbon went to   Washington County Commissioner Stan Karwoski. (see picture below)

    Another great safety improvement now in place on the Gateway Trail! Thank you all.




  • 11/07/2019 3:54 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    A large crew from NE Metro Intermediate School District 916 Career and Tech program were at Rotary Park North St Paul this month to work on finishing up the new restrooms project (funded by the North St. Paul Maplewood Oakdale Rotary Club and a $500 donation from GBCTA).

    As of Oct 24th plumbing is in and work is being done for complete the exterior work and interior by the end of November.  Thank you to the 916 crew for your hard work and we wish you luck in your chosen career paths. 

    Update: Nov 8th metal roof is on and Tyvek wrap is on

    Picture from Nov 6


  • 11/05/2019 8:13 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    MN DNR Update to GBCTA Oct 24 2019

    35E/Maryland Avenue Reroute – Project has now been funded. Design work will continue this fall; construction in 2020

    Sewer project behind K Mart in St Paul- The city of St Paul has resumed the sewer construction work and the trail should be reopened in late October/early November 2019.

    Westminster Bridge – design work continues; Construction work is expected in late spring/early summer 2020.

    Hadley Ave – roads have reopened. Trail reopening in 2020; detour remains in place

    Brown's Creek trail culvert (mile 0.25) repair will occur next spring

    Maintenance- striping on the Gateway delayed by cold weather to spring 2020. 146 fallen trees were removed from the trail in 2019 YTD

    Brown's Creek trail usage: average for last 15 months is 452 users per day, June – Aug 2019 daily average was 923

    Gateway Extension update:

    a) DNR is working on processing 2 easement acquisitions along the extension corridor in May Township (1) and Marine (1) .

    b) DNR staff is continuing work on options for Gateway Extension through and /or in the vicinity of William O'Brien State park

    c) All easements for the section of the trail from William O'Brien to Scandia have now been acquired.

    d) A bonding request for the Scandia to William O Brien section is being prepared for submission to the MN state legislature in early 2020 by the City of Scandia. Get ready to support this in Feb/March 2020

  • 10/21/2019 5:25 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    New DNR data for the Brown's Creek Trail from the trail counter shows a new high of 30,785 users in month of July 2019 . The trail counter counts pedestrian and bicycle traffic . Here is the data in graphical form


  • 10/21/2019 4:00 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    1) At the S end the repair of the Westminster bridge is funded and expected to happen in 2020.

    2) Hadley - the trail detour is still in place (and will be until spring 2020). The Hadley avenue bridge is now open for traffic so to cross hwy 36 you use the new bridge and 3 roundabouts. Access to the trailhead on 55th street is now via the new ramps off hwy 36 and the new bridge (if coming from N side). more details at :  https://www.co.washington.mn.us/2978/Construction-Updates

    3) Willernie/Mahtomedi Washington County hwy 12: Downtown Willernie/Mahtomedi rebuild of hwy 12 (with more bike friendly features) is still in progress with road closure Warner to Macgregor) . Click here for More details

    4) Lake Links trail around White Bear lake : New trail segments and Depot Creek covered bridge are under construction in N Mahtomedi for the Lake Links trail   (see lakelinks.net)


  • 10/21/2019 3:40 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    The completion of the Stillwater loop trail across the old St Croix Stillwater lift bridge is now delayed until spring 2020.

    This year’s work included repairing steel, painting, upgrading the electrical and mechanical system, installing decorative lights and rebuilding the concourse area to restore the lift bridge to its original 1931 look. As of September, all spans of the bridge are painted, and old deteriorated concrete in the concourse and sidewalks at the Minnesota end of the bridge has been removed. Crews also started pouring new concrete. Span 6, two spans east of the lift span, will be floated back into place after the end of the boating season in mid- to late October. At that time, the lift span will be raised to serve boats until freeze-up. The move could be delayed depending on St. Croix River water levels. Crews floated span 6 out of position early this summer to allow for boat traffic while they worked on the lift span.Work will continue on the lift span throughout the rest of the year with the installation of drums, and the ring and pinion gears on the lift mechanism to raise and lower the lift span.

    And although the loop trail is complete in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, the entire trail will not open until next spring after completion of the lift bridge.

    A grand opening celebration is currently planned for 10 am May 16th 2020 by Stillwater City Council. (info as of Sept 2019)

    Latest updates see here:


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