Groundbreaking kicks off Monticello Great River trail project

City and county officials attending a key Monday morning ceremony also caught a weather break.
Representatives from the city of Monticello, as well as representatives of project partners Xcel Energy, Advanced Disposal, Wright County Parks Department and the Monticello Parks Commission were on hand to celebrate the beginning of construction that will expand and enhance Monticello’s recreational pathways.
The the Great River Trailways and Trailhead project will allow greater access to existing trails and parks through the construction of three pathway extensions, which intersect at the newly built pedestrian underpass at County Road  75, a city news release stated.
The underpass was funded in partnership with the Land of Lakes Choir Boys, Xcel Energy, and Advanced Disposal. Together, the new trails will provide additional recreational opportunities for Monticello residents as well as increased safety along major roadways.
The project, funded primarily through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Federal Highway Administration, also includes the creation of a new trailhead facility located just west of Montissippi Regional Park.
The trailhead will provide helpful information to trail users as well as a place for parking and recycling.Project partner Xcel Energy provided easements for the majority of the new trail corridors.
In the future, the city of Monticello wants  to construct an additional pathway providing a connection to the Xcel Training Facility and the city ballfields.
City offiicals are working with Burlington Northern Santa Fe to obtain the railroad crossing necessary to this final segment, the news release stated.
Current and future plans for the Great River Trails and Trailways project reflect the ongoing commitment of the City of Monticello and local businesses to the use and enjoyment of local trails and pathways.
The Great River Trailways and Trailhead project is scheduled for completion this August.

Compiled by Managing Editor Tim Hennagir – [email protected]