Hwy 6 Multi-use Trail Tunnel Project
The City of Crosby is leading the proposed installation of a multi-use trail tunnel below Highway 6 in Crosby at the current above grade trail crossing of Hwy 6 near Yawkey Road. The City has worked with MnDOT, MnDNR, and local trail use stakeholders that includes the Cuyuna Lakes State Trail (CLST) Association, the Cuyuna Sno Serpents Snowmobile Club, the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew, Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area (CCSRA) Advisory Council to provide this below grade crossing to address past safety issues identified at the current crossing. Installation of this proposed tunnel will allow for safe use of the multi-use trail system and mitigates an identified vehicle/trail user conflict point for MnDOT and the MnDNR.
The City received 4 bids for construction of the multi-use tunnel. The construction contract for installation of the tunnel was awarded to Landwehr Construction from St. Cloud, Minnesota in the amount of $1,302,429.20.
Construction is anticipated to begin with closure of Hwy 6 on July 8, 2019 and is planned to be completed for Hwy 6 to be re-opened for traffic by the Labor Day Weekend 2019. To date, the City of Crosby has secured over 90% funding participation from MnDOT, MnDNR, the IRRRB, and the Hallett Trust to help offset the project cost.
This proposed improvement will beneficially impact tens of thousands of trail users, both locally and those that use the Crosby area as a destination. It will further support the recreational commerce that has been developed as a result of the CCSRA and the CLST. The installation of the multi-use trail tunnel aligns with the City of Crosby’s tourism plan to be recognized as a safe place for people to come visit and enjoy the recreational amenities that have been derived from their once rich mining heritage.