Can't make ends meet: Why a newly paved trail ends 20 feet short of its goal


There's a path that leads to nowhere ... in Princeton.

As part of the planned Great Northern Trail in Sherburne County, the City of Princeton paved a 1-mile trail on an old railroad bed, starting on Rum River Drive South, the Princeton Union Eagle reports.

The hope was to connect the trail to 313th Avenue – a Baldwin Township road – about a mile south, city's website notes.

But now this paved trail just ends – 20 feet short of the township road.

That's because Baldwin Township officials said it wouldn't approve the needed permits to connect the trail to the road until its concerns over drainage, safety and funding were addressed.

Despite this, the Princeton City Council in May approved the motion to move forward with the trail, ending it 20 feet shy of the road, partly because the city would miss out on a grant from the state Department of Natural Resources to fund the project if the trail didn't get paved by June 3o.

Crews began laying the asphalt June 1, the Princeton Union Eagle says.

At a meeting May 28, Princeton and Baldwin officials said they hoped to connect the trail, but for now it will stay 20 feet shy of 313th Avenue.

This might not be the case forever. A plan to connect the trail may be considered again in 2017, when Sherbourne County plans to add a 4-foot shoulder to nearby County Road 47, officials said at the meeting.

Town officials discussed creating a committee now that will work with the county to address drainage concerns related to the trail, the Princeton Union Eagle notes.

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