Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 11, 2017

Dedication ceremony, bike ride planned May 17 for Old River Road Trail

DRESBACH, Minn. – Officials and bicycle trail supporters will gather May 17 for a public dedication of the completion of the Old River Road Trail segment of the Mississippi River Trail at Dresbach and follow up with two trail rides open to all, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The Old River Road Trail dedication will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 17 on the north end of the trail. The location is at the south end of Dresbach at Secluded Road and Riverview Drive.

A ribbon-cutting, remarks by those involved and refreshments are planned.

Afterward attendees may participate in one of two trail rides that the Friends of the Bluffland Trails have organized. One ride is on flat terrain that can be as short as 7 miles, or as long as 14 miles.  A second, more challenging ride is 18 miles, and includes a great hill-climb from La Crescent to North Ridge, 10 miles along the ridgetop, followed by a 2-mile descent into Dakota. Attendees who choose not to ride, may walk the trail along the Mississippi River.

The trail was completed through the work of MnDOT and its partners: Dresbach Township, the city of La Crescent, Houston County, Winona County and the Friends of the Bluffland Trails. The $1,045,790 project was recently completed to reconstruct the trail and add improvements. It connects cyclists through the Dresbach Welcome Center. The adjacent connecting trails and ramps at the Interstate 90-Highway 61 interchange were completed as part of the Dresbach Bridge project in 2016.

For information about the Mississippi River Trail, go to MnDOT’s website at www.dot.state.mn.us/bike/mrt

Directions to the Trail Dedication

From Winona:  Use I-90 exit 273B to Dresbach.  At the bottom of the exit ramp, go left, and continue to the event.

From La Crescent/La Crosse:  Heading north and west on Hwy 61 and I-90, take the Dresbach exit 273B & A.  Park to the right side of the roadside immediately past the end of exit ramp.