Wisconsin Loop Trail construction completed for 2018
Trails and trailheads closed this winter, work resumes spring 2019
ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Construction on the Wisconsin loop trail project is complete for 2018. During this past construction season, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation completed the loop trail from the pedestrian tunnel to the lift bridge through Houlton, built three parking lots and constructed two trailheads. When completed next year, the trail will be part of a new five-mile “loop trail” system that will connect the new St. Croix River crossing bridge up with the historic Stillwater lift bridge and other local trails.
Work on the loop trail will resume in the spring of 2019 and includes completion of work on the old Wisconsin State Highway 64 hill (pavement marking and signing) installation of pedestrian railing and installation of a new “Welcome to Wisconsin” sign on eastbound Hwy 64.
And although the trail and trailheads in Wisconsin have been available for use this year, the trails and trailheads will be closed this winter. The pedestrian tunnel also is closed for the winter and blocked off by safety fencing. Pedestrians and bicyclists will still be able to access the trail leading from the park and ride lot to the St. Croix Crossing. However, the loop trail from the Hilltop Trailhead down to the lift bridge is closed and blocked off with safety fencing and barricades.
The Park and Ride will be open since is not considered a trailhead, but the trails will not be plowed. The main trailhead located across from Houlton Elementary will not be open until work is nearly complete next year.
The public is urged to please stay out of construction areas due to uneven terrain, excavation, drop-offs and other unsafe conditions that pose a risk to anyone who does not belong in the work area. Anyone caught trespassing in the closed project area could be cited for trespassing.
Maps of available parking and loop trail access in both states can be found at www.mndot.gov/stcroixcrossing/design.html#minnesotaloop.