NEWSBRIEF: Point Douglas Regional Trail wins engineering award

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A new bicycle and pedestrian trail in southern Washington County has been recognized for its engineering by the American Council of Engineering Companies in Minnesota.

The award recognizes Washington County and Stonebrooke Engineering, the county’s engineering partner that designed the Point Douglas Regional Trail. The trail is 2.5 miles on an abandoned rail line along the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers. Access is from Point Douglas Park in the south end of Washington County, along Highway 10 across the St. Croix River from Prescott, WI. Currently, the trail ends at Highway 61; during the next phase of the project, it will extend across the Mississippi River to the new Hastings bridge to connect three counties and two states.

The project began in 2005 with the purchase of the abandoned rail bed. The trail was built with the help of $1 million in federal funds. The second phase of the bridge across the Mississippi should be complete in August.

ACEC recognizes outstanding projects representing a wide range of engineering disciplines. Projects recognized serve to advance the engineering profession and to protect or improve the quality of life for residents.

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