Parks & Recreation

Sargent Creek Bridge

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Project Status: Construction

Project Overview:

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.

Project Update:

Restoration and stabilization of the former DWP railroad bridge will provide safe passage over Sargent Creek once complete. Goals of this project include addressing structural and safety concerns related to the existing structure and updating the bridge deck for pedestrian use. The project will replace the existing bridge deck with a low maintenance, pedestrian friendly surface, address structural deterioration on the west abutment as well as address ongoing erosion issues underneath the existing structure. The existing deck timbers will be removed and replaced with treated timber deck and a cable railing system will be installed for user safety and to provide unobstructed views of the St. Louis River Estuary.

Timeline:

The bid posting was closed on June 5, 2019. The lowest successful bidder will be awarded the construction contract after City Council approval on June 24, 2019. An updated construction timeline will be posted once determined.

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Project Partners:

Project is funded in part by a $250,000 Regional Trail Grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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