The City of Roseau’s New Bike Trail

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The City of Roseau’s New Bike Trail

Overview

The City of Roseau and Houston Engineering, Inc. (HEI) recently collaborated to complete the final phase of a bike trail project aimed at providing local residents and visitors with an extensive non-motorized path around and throughout the City.

Background

The City of Roseau had two segments of pedestrian/bike trails established and wanted to create a project that would connect these segments and create a full circuit of the City.

The Project

Houston Engineering, Inc. (HEI) was retained to survey, design, and oversee construction of this final phase of the trail system.

The trails themselves overlap with sidewalks and roadways for short lengths, allowing users to proceed directly through the city. Considering this, HEI had to ensure the new trail did not adversely affect traffic flow, utilities, or natural drainage paths.

Because the City had pre-purchased a tract of land for the trail, detailed legal survey work was completed to help define the exact boundaries through which the trail could run.

Even though this was a local project, it came with several outside funding sources that required stricter design requirements, including Roseau County, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), and the Federal Highway Administration.

This project met both federal and state standards and guidelines, including those laid out by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

A unique point of concern was a highway crossing near the bustling Polaris Industries, Inc. site. HEI coordinated with MnDOT to ensure a safer trail crossing at the busy TH 89 location was created. Even with the added state and federal requirements, the project retained its local spirit and remained within the City’s initial budget.

Residents and visitors now enjoy the use of a fully connected 3-mile pedestrian/bike trail circuit that runs around and through the City of Roseau.

• A new pedestrian/bike path that integrates seamlessly with the City’s existing trails.
• A trail that preserves that natural aesthetic elements of the City and the surrounding area.
• Detailed legal and topographic surveying that helped preserve natural drainage and identify the pre-purchased corridor for the trail to be designed in.
• Satisfies local, state, and federal requirements, allowing for funding eligibility from several sources.

Project Details

Market: Local Government

Client: City of Roseau

Location: Roseau, MN

Project Highlights

• A new pedestrian/bike path that integrates seamlessly with the City’s existing trails.
• A trail that preserves that natural aesthetic elements of the City and the surrounding area.
• Detailed legal and topographic surveying that helped preserve natural drainage and identify the pre-purchased corridor for the trail to be designed in.
• Satisfies local, state, and federal requirements, allowing for funding eligibility from several sources.

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