Client:
City of Luverne

Luverne, MN

Key Features:

  • Five-phase, 7.5 mile recreational trail around the City of Luverne
  • Phase 1 (2016) 1.5 miles of 10’ wide paved asphalt trail
  • Phase 2 (2018) 1.68 miles of 10’ wide paved asphalt/concrete trail
  • Phase 3A (2020) .69 miles of 10’ wide concrete trail.
  • Christopher Martin Ashby Memorial Trail (2021) 1.96 miles of 8’ wide asphalt and concrete, 100% privately funded, spurs off the Luverne Loop
  • Phase 3B (2022) .98 miles of 10’ wide concrete trail
  • Phase 4 (2022) .76 miles of 10’ wide concrete trail

Key Experience:

  • Crossing Railway and a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) crossing
  • Partially funded by outside sources, including Clean Water Legacy Amendment Grant funding, Trail Connection Grant, MnDOT Transportation Alternatives Grant and Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP)
  • Worked with MnDNR and Army Corp of Engineers for permitting around wetlands and floodplains
  • Staged work around Poplar Creek to avoid spawning of endangered Topeka Shiner minnow
  • Worked with State and County entities for trail located within their R.O.W.

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 1-4 of the trail, as well as the Christopher Martin Ashby Memorial Trail that was located on public and private property. DGR also assisted with grant applications, land easements and land acquisitions. The City was 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.

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