As construction continues on the access to and from the new Peggy Prowe Pedestrian Bridge (AKA DNR Bridge #66549) for the Mill Towns Trail in Northfield, it’s not clear where the trail will go as it enters downtown Northfield. And then what? It’ll be years before there’s a connection to the Cannon Valley Trail in Cannon Falls, so it would seem that getting bikers into downtown at the Riverwalk / Sesquicentennial Legacy Plaza would be ideal. But how? (continued)
As the discussion attached to my Feb. blog post indicates, it’s likely to be very expensive to route the trail close to river and up to the 5th St. bridge (photos above) since property owners don’t want it cutting through their parking lots. (What are their reasons?) So the only intermediate alternative would seem to route bikers onto 7th, then left/north on Water. Or do nothing and let them find their own way?
Is there any point in routing bikers through Northfield on 5th St. past the old Middle School? How about a loop from Wall St. Road through the upper Arb (bikes are allowed there) and then back into downtown?