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Contents

BicycleFacilityStudy(Preliminary)............................................................................................................................ 1 1.0Introduction.........................................................................................................................................................3 1.1HeartlandTrailRoute......................................................................................................................................3 2.0NewFacilitiesinLakePark..................................................................................................................................4 2.1PathroutesinLakePark..................................................................................................................................4 2.2HeartlandTrailExtension................................................................................................................................4 2.3AlternativeRouteOptions............................................................................................................................... 5 3.0Conclusion...........................................................................................................................................................6 AppendixA:Map.......................................................................................................................................................7 AppendixB:PublicComments................................................................................................................................10 AppendixC:CostEstimate......................................................................................................................................12

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1.0 Introduction
TheMinnesotaDepartmentofNaturalResources(DNR)receivedlegislativeapprovalin2006toextendthe HeartlandStateTrailfromParkRapidstoMoorhead.TheHeartlandStateTrailisoneoftheoldestrailtotrail projectsinMinnesota,approvedin1974andrunningatotalof49milesbetweenCassLakeandParkRapids. PreliminaryrouteshavebeenidentifiedbytheDNRforthetrailextension,howevernospecificalignmentshave beendeterminedatthetimeofthisreport. TheCityofLakeParkhashiredMooreEngineeringtoexplorealternativestoroutetheHeartlandStateTrail throughthecitywhenthetrailextensionisbroughtwestfromParkRapids.TheCityhasalsorequestedthat routeswithinthecityforabicyclesystembeidentifiedthatcanbeimplementedandusedbyresidentsand visitorsuntiltheconnectionwiththeHeartlandStateTrailhasbeenmadeinthefuture. ApublicmeetingwasheldonJune12,2013intheCityofLakePark.Duringthispublicmeeting,aprimary alternativewasidentifiedbytheresidentsofLakePark.Theminutesfromthismeetingareincludedinappendix B.

1.1 Heartland Trail Route


TherouteidentifiedbytheDNRfortheHeartlandTrailExpansionisadjacenttoLakeParkarrivingfromtheeast using161stAvenuetogoaroundLaBelleLake,connectingtoBeckerCountyHighway9(CSAH9),whichbrings thepathintoLakePark.TheroutecontinuestothewestonHighway7(CSAH7),whereitturnsontoBecker Countyroad102onitswaytoMoorhead.

Figure1:ProposedHeartlandTrailAlignment

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2.0 New Facilities in Lake Park


LakeParkhasacommunityparklocatedontheeastsideoftown,consistingofacoveredpicnicarea, playgroundandsoftballfields.ThesoftballfieldsarelocatedinthebottomofthedrylakebedofLakeFlora,and servesasacommunitygatheringplace.TheCityofLakeParkwouldliketoaddatrailheadfacilityforvisitors whowouldliketouseLakeParkasastartingpointtousetheHeartlandTrail. AsacenterfocalpointfortheHeartlandTrailconnectiontoLakePark,theCitywouldliketoaddapathringing LakeFloraalongthetopofwhatwasoncetheshorelineofthelake.Thiswouldbetheidealplaceforthetrailto comeintoLakeParkfromtheeast. WithintheCityofLakePark,manyofthestreetsareverywide.Utilizingthisexistinggeometry,addingonstreet bikelanescanbeaccomplishedwithlittletonochangestoparking.Addinggreenspace,curbsidetrees,and outdoorseatingatlocalbusinessescouldcreateapeacefulplaceforpeopleusingtheHeartlandTrailtostopand enjoythearea. Inadditiontofeaturesthatwoulddrawvisitorstothecommunity,theCityofLakeParkwouldliketoestablisha looptrailsystemwithinthecommunitythatwouldserveitsresidentsuntiltheHeartlandTrailisextendedtothe areafromParkRapids.SincethecityisbisectedbytheBurlingtonNorthernRailroad,crossingfromthenorth sideoftowntothesouthsidehaslimitedoptions. Withinthecity,thereiscurrentlyasinglecountybridgethatcrossestherailroadtracks,locatedonCSAH7.The proposedintownloopwouldcrossthetracksonthisbridgeandturnwestonVigenLane.Thepathcontinuesto thenewhighschool,whereitloopsaroundtheedgeoftheschoolgrounds,andreturnstoCSAH7onthesouth sideoftherailroadtracks. Atthelocationoftheoldfootballfield,therailroadtracksdropbelowgrade,makingthisanaturalpointfora futurebiketrailcrossingwithinthecity.Theembankmentstoeithersideoftrackswouldallowabridgetobe constructedthatwouldbeasinglespanbridge,reducingoverallcost.

2.1 Path routes in Lake Park


InordertoaccomplishthegoalssetbytheCityofLakePark,amixtureofonandoffstreetbikelanesandshared usepathswereexplored,andanumberofcorridorswereidentifiedaspotentialconnectionswiththefuture expansionoftheHeartlandStateTrail.

2.2 Heartland Trail Extension


ThepreferredHeartlandTrailExtensionwillutilizethealignmentofafarmaccessroadapproximatelymileto theeastoftheintersectionof161stAvenueand220thStreet.Fromthere,thepathwouldfollowthisalignment tothesouthandthenfollowthesouthshorelineofLaBelleLake.OnceonthesouthsideofLaBelleLake,the pathwouldturntothewest,whereitwouldwinditswaythroughtheforestedareabetweentheBurlington Northerntracksandthelake. AsthetrailgetsclosertoLakePark,thetrailwouldalignwiththeabandonedspurlinealongthenorthofthe BurlingtonNorthernRailroadtracks.Therailroadbedwouldberecoveredtobeusedasthealignmentofthe

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biketrailthroughtown.Fromthismainalignment,connectionstoMainStreet,theHighSchool,andotherareas oftowncanbemadetofacilitateahealthylivingcommunity. Attheendofthespurline,thetrailwouldcontinuetothewest,crossing6thStreet.Atthislocation,the railroadtracksaredepressed,providingagoodopportunitytoaddapedestrianandbicyclebridgeoverthe tracksprovidingasecondopportunitytocrossthetracksthatbisectthetown.Fromthislocation,thepath wouldcontinuefollowingthenorthsideofthetracksuntilrejoiningtheproposedalignmentalongCountyRoad 102. TheestimatedcosttoconstructtheHeartlandTrailExtensionthroughLakeParkis$533,650.Acostestimate wasnotpreparedforalternatives,streetscapeupdates,orthehighschoollooptrail,asthesearefacilitiesthat areplannedconnectionsinthefuture.Amapoftheproposedalternativesandtrailheadbuildingisshownin AppendixA,andadetailedcostestimatecanbefoundinAppendixC.

2.3 Alternative Route Options


AsecondaryroutewasidentifiedconnectingtheplannedalignmentoftheHeartlandTrailtothecommunity parkwasconsidered.ThisroutewouldutilizethealignmentidentifiedfortheHeartlandTrailuntilitreachesthe southwesternedgeofLaBelleLake,whereitwouldcontinuethroughthewoodedareatothebacksideofthe LakeFloracommunitypath. CurrentlyCSAH9followsanarrowcausewaythatwouldnecessitatewideningtoaddabiketrailfacility.This wouldbeanexpensiveprojectandhasenvironmentalimpactswithaddingnewinfillonLakeLaBelle.Concerns wereraisedbytheresidentsofLakeParkwiththetrailalignmentfollowingCountyHighway9throughLake LaBelle.Largefarmequipmentusesthisrouteandoverhangstheshoulderswhichtheresidentsareconcerned willimpactatrailplacedontheshoulder,necessitatingwideningforthisoption.

Figure2:FutureonstreetBikeLane

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WithintheCityofLakePark,manyofthestreetsareverywide.Utilizingthisexistinggeometry,addingonstreet bikelanescanbeaccomplishedwithlittletonochangestoparking.UtilizingLakeStreet,acombinedfacilityof onstreetbikelanesandimprovedsidewalkscouldbeusedtoextendtheHeartlandTrailfromthecommunity parkto6thStreet.WhiletheresidentsoftheCitypreferacontinuoustrail,theyconsiderthisagoodalternate routetoallowthetrailtogothroughLakeParkifreclaimingthespurlineisntfeasible. Theonstreetbikelanescouldberoutednorthat6thStreettoCSAH7andrejointheproposedHeartlandTrail Alignment.Thiswasnotconsideredanidealalignmentbytheresidents.

3.0 Conclusion
TherearemanyoptionsopentothecitizensofLakeParkforanewbicycletrailthroughandaroundtown.There arelakefrontopportunitiesforthetrailtobeaveryscenicportionoftheHeartlandTrail,andLakeParkisideally locatedtoprovideatrailheadfacilitytodrawbicycliststothelakescountrythatdontwanttoridetheentire distancefromMoorheadtoDetroitLakes,butwouldliketoutilizeaportionoftheHeartlandTrail.Withthe proposedalignmentthroughascenicforest,thisportionofthetrailcouldbeusedforrecreationandasawayto enjoynature. WithinLakePark,anewbicyclesystemwouldallowformoreoptionsforstudentstogettoschool,andprovide recreationalopportunitiestothelocalresidents.Thewidestreetsthathavepavementnotbeingusedby vehiclescanbestripedtoincludebikelanes,providingaconnectiontothemaintrailasitmakesitswaythrough town. ManyresidentsofLakeParksupportanewtrailsystemthroughthetown.Theywouldliketoseeacontinuous trailthroughtown,withconnectionsmadeviaonstreetbikelanesornewbiketrailsystemsthatwillexpandthe abilityforbothbicyclesandpedestrianstogetaroundtown.Theadditionofapedestrianandbicyclebridge overtheBurlingtonNorthernrailroadtrackswouldprovideamoredirectlinkforstudentslivinginthenorth partoftowntothenewhighschool.

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Appendix A: Map

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TYPICAL TRAIL SECTION

DRAWN BY: DATE: REVISED: REVISED: REVISED:

JAA 07.01.13 _ _ _

HEARTLAND TRAIL ROUTE OPTIONS LAKE PARK, MN

Appendix B: Public Comments

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CityofLakePark PublicInformationMeeting 6/12/2013 HeartlandTrail&BicycleFacility TysonHajicekJonathanAtkinsDavidRoedel Commentsreceivedatapublicmeetingforthepresentationofthepreliminarybikefacilitystudy. Needtrailheadfacilitymostcommunitieshavethese. TheDNRproposedrouteonthecountyroadisproblematicduetotheagriculturalequipment. Highwayroutesarenotviewedfavorably. LocalsarethelargestusersoftheHeartlandTrailandassociatedfacilities. Theparkwasidentifiedasalogicalplaceforatrailheadfacility.Thisisagoodstartingpointforusing thetrail. Adefinedtrailisnotimperativethroughtown,amixedpathofonstreetbicyclefacilitiesandsidewalks isacceptable. Theabandonedrailroadspurlinecouldbeusedasacontiguousroute. Thepathfollowingtherailroadoutoftownispreferredduetosafetyofdogsetc.Manyhomesalong 6thStreetdonthavefencesbuthavelargedogs. ThepathidentifiedasOption1ispreferredthroughtown. Propertyownershipshouldbedefinedforthepreferredalternative.(Anumberofownersalongthe identifiedpreferredroute). PotentialCountyRoadSwapLakeStreetfor1stStreet. QuestionrelatedtomotorizedvehiclesandwinteruseofthepathATVsorsnowmobilesallowedon path? BituminousorConcreteisthepreferredsurfaceforthetrail. BondingfortheHeartlandTrailisbeingdonethisyear.

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Appendix C: Cost Estimate

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Project #: 17221 Date Created: 7/1/2013

LAKE PARK HEARTLAND TRAIL EXTENSION LAKE PARK, MINNESOTA


Engineer's Opinion of Probable Cost ESTIMATED QUANTITY 1 1 3,300 3,050 3 1 22,000 1 6,100 120 1 150 200

BID ITEM NO. & DESCRIPTION 1. MOBILIZATION 2. CLEARING AND GRUBBING 3. AGGREGATE BASE (CV) CLASS 5 4. TYPE SP 12.5 WEARING COURSE MIX (4,B) 5. SEEDING 6. TRAFFIC CONTROL 7. SUBGRADE PREPARATION 8. EROSION CONTROL 9. COMMON EXCAVATION 10. CONSTRUCT PEDESTRIAN RAMP 11. TESTING ALLOWANCE 12. SIGNING 13. STRIPING

UNIT LS LS CY Ton Acre LS SY LS CY SF LS SF LF

BID UNIT PRICE $15,000.00 $80,000.00 $28.00 $85.00 $2,000.00 $5,000.00 $2.00 $8,000.00 $1.00 $35.00 $5,000.00 $1.50 $15.00

BID PRICE $15,000.00 $80,000.00 $92,400.00 $259,250.00 $6,000.00 $5,000.00 $44,000.00 $8,000.00 $6,100.00 $4,200.00 $5,000.00 $225.00 $3,000.00

Total Construction Engineering, Legal, Administration Contingency, Permits (38%) Land Acquisition - 7.5 Acres @ $3,000/Acre TOTAL PROJECT

$528,175.00

$199,325.00 $22,500.00 $750,000.00

17221 - Opinion of Cost.xlsx

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