Stewart Creek Bridge
Project Status: Post Construction
The city-owned, abandoned, Duluth Winnipeg, and Pacific (DWP) railroad corridor is currently used as an informal trail. The 100 ft. wide corridor (wider in some locations) runs continuously for about 10 miles from 63rd Street West to Becks Road, and eventually under I-35 to Proctor. The DWP is a very scenic route high above the river estuary and the Munger Trail with two steel trestles and a tunnel under Elys Peak.
Restoration and stabilization of the former DWP railroad bridge now provides safe passage over Stewart Creek and included replacement of deteriorated decking with modern wood decking, restoration of flood damaged concrete abutments, and installation of cable railings for fall protection. Bridge restoration benefits diverse user groups and currently acts as a critical connection in the accessible DWP Trail. It also serves as a connection to the Superior Hiking Trail and the Duluth Traverse multi-use bike trail.
Project was funded in part by a $250,000 Regional Trail Grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.