Pedestrians and bicyclists
Pedestrians and cyclists travelling on the Mississippi River Trail will be detoured along the Apple Blossom Trail during the construction of the new interchange. The detour is to remain in place until further notice and circumvents the current Mississippi River Trail corridor from La Crescent to approximately 5.5 miles north of Dakota.
The final configuration will provide safe access for users on a 10-foot trail through the interchange without a single crossing with highway traffic. A modified trail system and pedestrian bridge connects riders using the Highway 61 shoulders south of the project to the dedicated bicycle and pedestrian path on the north end of the project. In addition, access is improved to the Rest Area/Traveler Information Center for users of the trail.
The Mississippi River Trail is a bicycle and pedestrian pathway that follows the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico. The MRT runs right through the heart of the Dresbach Bridge and Interchange Project. Currently, the trail weaves its way through the interchange configuration along the narrow shoulders, crossing high-speed traffic at challenging angles. Bicycle and pedestrian routes (PDF 1.8 MB).
Bicycle/Pedestrian Feasibility Study
- Interim Summary of Findings (PDF 1.6 MB)
- Final report (PDF)