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NEW : Mahtomedi City Council informational meeting March 7th : Lake Links Trail


The City will be holding an informational meeting on Thursday March 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Mahtomedi City Hall, 600 Stillwater Road, to update citizens on the status of the Lake Links Trail routing, design and anticipated schedule for construction. Following a brief presentation, citizens will have the opportunity to ask questions and meet with City staff and the design consultant one on one. All citizens interested in learning more about the project are encouraged to attend.
 




Action at the MN state legislature in support of Lake Links - NEWS 2-5-2019

Senators Chamberlain and Wiger have co-authored  two bills in the Senate on behalf of Lake Links:  SF 824   and  SF 818 . These address funding for hwy 96, Dellwood and Hall Avenue sections of the trail.

 Also Rep. Leon Lillie and Rep. Connie Bernardy have co-authored a bill to better define bicyclists’ roles and rights in the transportation system. Their bill is  HF 462

We look forward to positive outcomes for Lake Links and bicyclists for all 3 bills. Contact your legislator and ask them to support these bills.





Area Legislators Back Grassroots Initiative  to Complete Safe 10-Mile Trail Around White Bear Lake


Senator Chuck Wiger (D-43) and Ami Wazlawik (D-38B) stand with Lake Links Association supporters at their January meeting. Sen. Wiger praised the group members for their passion and enthusiasm to complete the safe walking and biking trail around White Bear Lake.


Pictured is the original network map from the 2001 Lake Links Network Trail Study, which Sen. Wiger was part of along with fellow state legislators Harry Mares and Betty McCollum. The models in the foreground show a potential design for a covered bridge and a bike maintenance / rest stop planned for the sections of the trail.

Read more details about the legislation in the works in Jan 22nd 2019 White Bear Press article


Click here for the latest trail progress map



December 2018 Lake Links Meeting:
Focus on Plans for South Shore Trail

Joe Lux, senior planner with Ramsey County Public Works,  provided an update on plans to add a bicycle and pedestrian trail along the South Shore of White Bear Lake at the Lake Links Association December meeting. 

Please find  his presentation here.

Please find a White Bear Press article about the meeting here.

Click here for FAQ on the recent Ramsey County right-of-way survey along South Shore Blvd  

For more information on the survey, contact Daniel Baar, deputy county surveyor at Ramsey County Public Works at [email protected] or 651-266-7170.

The 2018 Minnesota Legislature provided $2.6 million to Ramsey County to create the trail. Two open houses were held earlier this year to take public input on various options to accommodate motorized and nonmotorized users.

Click here for minutes (prelim) from the meeting


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2019 Upcoming Monthly meetings: 

Mon March 11, 7pm ANNUAL REPORT and 2nd BIRTHDAY PARTY at White Bear Country Inn (appetizers and cash bar)  Details INVITATION and RSVP here

Mon April 8, 7pm Mahtomedi District Education Center Room 121, 1520 Mahtomedi Ave, Mahtomedi

Mon May 13, 7pm Mahtomedi District Education Center Room 121, 1520 Mahtomedi Ave, Mahtomedi


Come to the meetings to hear the latest trail news and also be part of the discussion.

Questions? Comments? Like to volunteer? Email us at [email protected]

SAVE THE DATE : SATURDAY JUNE 8TH 2019 am will be the group RIDE AROUND THE LAKE  . More details to follow

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A Capitol Success

In late May 2018 the Minnesota Legislature approved $4.022 million in funding as follows:

Ramsey County – $2.6 million for trail improvements on South Shore Boulevard in White Bear Lake and White Bear Township

Mahtomedi – $1.4 million for Birchwood Road, Wildwood Beach Road, and Briarwood Road and trail elements

White Bear Township – $11,000 for preliminary engineering (omitted from prior bill along MN 96)

City of White Bear Lake – $11,000 for preliminary engineering (omitted from prior bill along MN 96) 

Together, we are getting  this done!

Feb 2019: We are working with our legislators to get the 2nd round of funding to complete the trail

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PICTURES from the December 2018 Lake Links meeting

Showing in the group  (top left): Joe Lux (Ramsey County planner, State Senator Chuck Wiger, Steve Wolmagot (Lake Links co-chair) and Ramsey County Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt.

Top right: Steve explains features of the Birchwood Road proposal

Bottom: Joe Lux and his presentation



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November 2018 Lake Links Meeting 


1) Mahtomedi section: City of Mahtomedi has ordered WSB Engineering to begin final design work for the Birchwood Rd, Briarwood Ave,  BN right of way, Streetcar park and MN 244 (Neptune to Maple) sections . There will be public open houses to review the designs in early 2019 with expectation of being ready for construction bidding  in April 2019. The Birchwood Road section is expected to be two 10' wide traffic lanes with a turtle compatible sloped curb and a 10' wide bike/ped trail on the lake side.

Birchwood Road  details (12/4/2018)  here




2) South Shore Boulevard section: we await Ramsey County study findings (to be presented at Dec 10 meeting by Joe Lux, Ramsey County Public Works) see above

3) North Shore (hwy 96) section : White Bear Lake and White Bear township will  jointly retain an engineering consultant to advise on trail possibilities in the next few months

4) Lake Links support from elected officials :  the recent elections have changed some faces, but those elected and reelected tend to be supporters of the trail and we are confident that we will continue to move forward. Lake Links principal in the legislature, Peter Fischer was returned to office.

5) There have been local questions about how the existence of the trail will affect local parking and traffic. We are working with the various communities on those questions.

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HISTORIC SPUR TRAIL in Mahtomedi

A preliminary look at the proposed historic spur trail courtesy of Steve Wolmagot. Click HERE

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Lake Links White Paper for Birchwood Road
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