Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Bicycle Projects

MnDOT bicycle route development through Two Harbors in support of U.S. Bike Route 41 (North Star Bicycle Route)

Hwy location map.

Study area of bicycle route development through Two Harbors.

In coordination with the City of Two Harbors and the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission, MnDOT is studying bicycle route connections through Two Harbors. The purpose of this project is to develop a route that connects Two Harbors to US Bike Route 41, the North Star Bicycle Route, west of Two Harbors, to the future Gitchi-Gamil Trail, east of Two Harbors. Once MnDOT and partners identify a route, they will prepare preliminary engineering documents and cost estimates.

Project objectives

Project objectives:
1. Improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.
2. Design route connections that are implementable (i.e. cost-effective, no major ownership and physical constraints, easy maintenance, etc.)
3. Create access to local businesses and the waterfront.
4. Advance Two Harbors as a regional destination for bicyclists.

A route map showing an overview of the Two Harbors Bicycle Route System.

A route map showing an overview of the Two Harbors Bicycle Route System. (Select to enlarge.)

Meeting Minutes

July 1, 2017 meeting minutes PDF

Highway 14 between New Ulm and Nicollet

Location: TH 14 from County Road 37 in New Ulm to TH 111 in Nicollet

The second bicycle project is a 13 mile segment along TH 14 from County Road 37 in New Ulm to Judson, where MnDOT along with the Department of Natural Resources and local partners is working to identify a preferred bicycle route along this 130-mile segment which is part of a larger bicycle route from New Ulm to Mankato. There is currently no trail along this corridor and a future project would provide a safe route for people bicycling and non-motorized users along the TH 14 corridor. Potential design elements could include widening the shoulder, bicycle lanes, separated paved trail, etc.

Minnesota River State Trail being proposed from New Ulm to Judson

Minnesota River state trail: Proposed trail routes

Minnesota River state trail: Proposed trail routes

Public input sought for preferred routes between Courtland and Judson

A segment of the Minnesota River State Trail is being considered between New Ulm and Judson. A ¬†steering committee is looking for public input into a preferred route between Courtland and Judson as a part of MnDOT’s statewide district planning effort.

Three routes are under consideration by the group that consists of the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Transportation and local communities and bike advocates:

  1. Along Highway 14 from Courtland to Nicollet and Nicollet County Road 23 to Judson
  2. Along Nicollet County Roads 25, 62 and 23
  3. Along Nicollet County Road 24 and Highway 68

The route would likely go from New Ulm to Courtland along future new Highway 14 alignment.  From Courtland each of the routes offer varying characteristics, but the agreed destination is Judson because it presents the possibility of connecting to the Minneopa Trail, which connects to Mankato.

Please complete the survey at the attached link to provide input on the trail: