Bruce Vento Regional Trail Extension – Buerkle Road to Whitaker Street

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Phase 1 design project

This project area is located between Buerkle Road and Whitaker Street in the cities of White Bear Lake, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Township. Few pedestrian facilities exist within the proposed trail extension area, as industrial/office use and major vehicular transportation routes primarily dominate the corridor.  As a result, a major planning effort was initiated in 2014 to determine an alternative three-mile trail alignment out of the railway right-of-way from Buerkle Road to Highway 96 in White Bear Lake in hopes of reducing the remaining gap for the Bruce Vento Regional Trail.

This project is the first of two steps and will extend the Bruce Vento Regional trail to the intersection of Hoffman Road and Highway 61. A small segment of trail from Hoffman Road to Whitaker Street is planned to be included with Rush Line Improvements in White Bear Lake.  Other sections of this trail will provide critical pedestrian connections and remove significant barriers to the proposed Rush Line BRT between Buerkle Road and Highway 96. Anticipated Rush Line BRT station stops are planned at Buerkle Road, County Road E and Highway 61, Cedar Avenue and Highway 61, Marina Triangle/ Whitaker Street along Highway 61.

Other connections that will be achieved as a result of this project:

  • Highway 96 Regional Trail.
  • Lakes Line Regional Trail, Lake Avenue Trail, and the South Shore Lake Trail, which are identified in the Ramsey County Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan and the Lake Links Trail Network Master Plan.
  • It will set the stage for future connections north of Highway 96 to County Road J, connecting to the Hardwood Creek Trail in Washington County.

Project goal

Extend trail from Buerkle Road to Whitaker Street. This will include:

  • Build on the Preliminary Design Study completed in 2016.
  • Complete final construction plans for a shovel ready construction project.
  • Provide trail connections to Rush Line BRT and downtown White Bear Lake.
  • Host additional community engagement meetings to seek input and design options.
  • Align with regional solicitation funding and other federal funding opportunities.
  • Anticipated implementation is dependent on funding.

Next steps

  • Design and development – September 2018 - 2021.
  • Community engagement meetings to present design options – September 2018 - December 2019
  • Implementation to be determined, dependent on funding.

Previous community engagement