City of Luverne

Luverne, MN

Key Features:

  • Two-phase, 3.16 mile recreational trail on the north and west side of Luverne
  • Phase 1 (2016) consists of 1.5 miles of 10’ wide paved asphalt trail along north side of Luverne
  • Phase 2 (2018) consists of 1.68 miles of 10’ wide paved asphalt/concrete trail along the west side of town

Key Experience:

  • Crossing of Eastern-Ellis Railway and a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) crossing of Highway 75
  • Partially funded by outside funding sources, including Clean Water Legacy Amendment Grant funding, Trail Connection Grant, MnDOT Transportation Alternatives Grant and Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) grant to create the “Roll On Luverne” bike loan program
  • Wetlands & floodplain in Phase 2 area
  • State law requires natural buffers along waterways. Poplar Creek & tributaries are habitat for the endangered Topeka Shiner minnow

Recreational Trail

DGR Engineering (DGR) was part of the committee that investigated the feasibility of building a multi-use, hard surfaced trail that would circumnavigate the city and incorporate the city portion of the existing Blue Mounds Trail. Later that year, the City received a grant for technical assistance on trail planning through the National Parks Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program. NPS RTCA staff assisted the community through an extensive planning process that explored goals, objectives, possible routes and funding sources. It recommended that the trail should connect many points of interest in and around the city. By the end of 2015, the Luverne Loop Trail Master Plan was finalized.

DGR worked with the City on the design of Phase I & II of the trail that was located on public and private property. DGR also assisted with grant applications, land easements and land acquisitions. It was hoped that the city would be able to utilize a variety of funding sources, including local, regional, state, federal and private grants and donations to develop and manage the Luverne Loop Trail.