The $1.6 Million Project was Made Possible through Federal Transportation Enhancement (TEA), American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Stimulus Funds and Local Matching Funds from the Metropolitan Council
PAUL – Mayor Chris
Coleman was on hand Wednesday for the official re-opening of the Sam Morgan
Trail. The 1.9 mile trail
has been transformed with a new lighting system, additional trees and a wider
path for bikers and walkers.
regional transit option along the Mississippi River, the Sam
connects the Mississippi River
Boulevard with downtown Saint Paul.
between the Sam Morgan Trail
as it was and now are night and day,” Mayor Chris Coleman said. “With the help
of federal stimulus funds and the Metropolitan Council, we have created a first
rate path that connects our regions, providing a place that everyone from
bicycle commuters to families can enjoy.”
The $1.6 million dollar
improvements were made possible with $859,000 in Federal Transportation
Enhancement and $450,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus
funds as well as $300,000 from the Metropolitan Council.
In addition to the
new trail lighting system, landscaping and widening the path, the City also
created a second path to separate bikers and pedestrians and made improvements
to the overall site drainage.
The trail is named
after Samuel H. Morgan, who was a strong supporter in the creation and
development of parks and other outdoor amenities in Minnesota. His efforts helped lead to the
creation of Afton State Park, the preservation of Fort Snelling as a State Park,
the formation of the Minnesota Parks and Trails Council and the creation of
trails throughout the state.