LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WXOW) – The Wagon Wheel Bike trail project has been in talks for the past ten years with the first phase of the project set for completion this summer.
The first phase starts at Main Street in La Crescent, runs through the marsh, and connects to Shore Acres Road.
The second phase of the project will include a shared-use path along Shore Acres Road and extend to the D.N.R. Boat Landing near the Minnesota-Wisconsin state line. Construction for the second phase is expected to be completed by 2017.
“It’s not really easy for people to bike and walk between La Crescent and La Crosse, and this is a unique opportunity because it’s really a connection between two states,” La Crosse Area Planning Committee Executive Director Tom Faella said.
Faella said the city of La Crescent is currently applying for funds for a third phase, in hopes of extending the bike trail past the D.N.R. Boat Landing underneath highway 14 and 61, connecting the north side of the West Channel Bridge to the south side.
“It gives an opportunity for interpretive signage, and people, the opportunity to experience the fish and wildlife area out there,” Faella said.
The total cost of the project is roughly $900,000—20% is paid for by the city of La Crescent, while the remaining 80% of the project is paid for by the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s federal Transportation Alternatives program, which funds bike trails and shared-use path projects.
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