by Howard Lestrud
ECM Political Editor
A bonding request was made Thursday (April 4) for $500,000 to appropriate money for a bicycle and pedestrian trail to connect the Northtown Transit hub to the metropolitan regional trail in Coon Rapids.
Sen. John Hoffman, DFL-Champlin, presented his bill, Senate File 465, before the Senate Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Division Committee in session at the State Capitol. The environment committee heard 24 bonding requests, ranging from $15 million for Minnesota Zoo improvements to the half-million-dollar request made by Hoffman.
Hoffman said the proposed legislation will eliminate an important gap in the trail system on the south side of 85th Avenue. He said the bill will provide a small fix to establish the Mississippi River path.
The capital improvement will be accomplished from the bond proceeds fund to the Metropolitan Council for a grant to Coon Rapids. The grant will fund pre-design and design and will help construct the bicycle and pedestrian trail along 85th Avenue westbound from the BNSF Railroad tracks to East River Road and through adjacent park land to connect with the regional trail in the city of Coon Rapids.
Hoffman said the construction will make pedestrian traffic safer for students and others traversing to and from the Adams Elementary School and to and from Coon Rapids High School and Blaine High School.
Committee Chairman David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm, laid the bill over for possible inclusion and recommendation to the bonding committee.
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