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Campus Connector Trail

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Project Status:  Planning

Project Overview: The Campus Connector trail is a paved, multi-use commuter recreational trail that will run from the Lakewalk to Rice Lake Road. The trail will provide vertical connectivity for residents, nodes of business and education institutes along its path. This will be the first paved, vertical commuter corridor in Duluth. Initial planning started in 2010. Planning efforts will address the current gap in existing bike and pedestrian infrastructure and result in a Mini-Master Plan.

Project Update: A portion of the Campus Connector Trail along Congdon Parkway was completed in 2014. In 2016, the City installed bike lanes along College Street. In partnership with the Metropolitan Interstate Council, planning efforts resumed in late 2018 and will refine the planning scope as well as develop public and stakeholder engagement opportunities

Planning Timeline:

  • Interdepartmental City Staff Kick-Off Meeting  - February 15, 2019
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting #1 - April 1, 2019
  • Public Meeting #1 - April 23, 2019
  • UMD/CSS Student Engagement Survey - March/April 2019
  • Public Survey - May 15 - June 08, 2019:
  • Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting #2 - June 27, 2019
  • Parks Commission Presentation (informational) & Public Open House - July 10, 2019
  • Parks Commission Presentation (action requested) - August 14, 2019
  • City Council Action - August 26, 2019
  • Metropolitan Interstate Council Approval - September 2019

Important Documents:

Public Meeting #1 Presentation - April 23, 2019

Connecting Duluth: 2010 Comprehensive Bicycle Assessment

Safe Routes to School Plan: 2017 Marshall School

Higher Education Small Area Plan 2012

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Jim Shoberg
Senior Parks Planner
City Hall, Ground Floor
411 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802


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