The project is for a proposed bike trail to fill the gap on the Lake Marion Trail Greenway.
The Lake Marion Greenway is a 20-mile corridor connecting the Minnesota River Greenway in Burnsville to the Vermillion River Greenway in Farmington. Since 2017, Dakota County and the City of Burnsville have partnered on completing 3.25 miles of the Lake Marion Greenway within Burnsville. A proposed Joint Powers Agreement would provide preliminary design for the remaining 1.5 miles.
The Rose Bluff Trail was constructed three years ago and the Lake Marion Trail - Kelleher Segment is constructed now, with punch list items remaining. If the City/County can fill the gap from Rose Bluff Trail to the Sunset Pond Park parking lot there will be a 4.75 miles of the Lake Marion Greenway section within the City of Burnsville from Rudy Kraemer Nature Preserve to Kelleher Park.
The best way to get the funding to construct this gap is to complete this engineering study and preliminary plan/cost estimate in preparation for an anticipated federal grant program which is expected to be open for submissions in early summer of 2022. This will allow us to complete community outreach, show a preferred alternative, begin railroad coordination and determine any other challenges that may exist to construct the new trail. Completing a study like this will increase the odds of receiving federal funding.