This project represented the implementation of a portion of the County's 100-mile Regional Trail Comprehensive Plan.
Ramsey County, along with its municipal partners, has prepared a 100-mile Regional Trail Comprehensive Plan. The vision is a network of regional trails that provide safe pedestrian and bicycle transportation routes throughout Ramsey County, with the common goal to link every City and Township within the County.
In 2006, Ramsey County received title to 112 acres along Rice Creek through the TCAAP property. This property will remain undeveloped and become a regional park known as Rice Creek Park Reserve. The Minnesota Legislature and the Metropolitan Council appropriated $450,000 for design and construction of the Rice Creek North Regional Trail through the Rice Creek Park Reserve property.
MSA Professional Services, Inc. worked with Ramsey County staff to provide wetland delineation, surveying, design, permitting, and construction related services for the project. The new regional trail connects from the existing trailhead facility at County Road I, south through private MNDOT property, with a looped-trail around Rice Creek Park Reserve and connection to County Road H. New improvements are ADA compliant for pedestrian shared-use and include a pedestrian safety refuge island crossing at County Road I, a steel truss bridge crossing Rice Creek, two (2) pipe culverts crossing tributary drainage ditches, and 2.2 miles of 10-foot wide asphalt trails, with associated perimeter fencing and stormwater best management practices.