The Point Douglas Regional Trail project will create a safe bicycle and pedestrian connection between Hastings and Prescott, which currently has no direct connection for non-motorized users. This new trail will extend from Point Douglas Park along the Mississippi River to TH 61 near Hastings. Part of the trail will follow the TH 10 corridor, giving users access to both the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Additionally, this trail will be the hub of comprehensive existing and planned regional trail systems throughout the area.
Washington County selected Stonebrooke Engineering to provide environmental documentation, pedestrian and bicycle facility planning and design, preliminary design, and final design on this project, as well as a feasibility study for a pedestrian bridge over the BNSF railroad. This 2.5 mile long trail project will follow the Delegated Contract Process (DCP) for federal funding, which is one of our firm’s specialties.
Stonebrooke prepared and submitted a Project Memorandum for this project, which included a social, economic, and environmental study that analyzed the impacts of this project on historic properties, endangered species, right-of-way, water quality, wetlands, floodplains, noise, and air quality. It also included the evaluation of alternate locations and design alternatives, and incorporated all public involvement efforts completed in the design phase. During the development of this Project Memorandum, we coordinated with numerous local agencies, including the MnDOT Cultural Resources Unit, MnDOT State Aid, Minnesota DNR, FHWA, MPCA, US Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, South Washington Watershed District, and the BNSF Railroad.