City of Big Lake, Minnesota
A lack of pedestrian facilities was evident along CR 5 from TH 10 to Big Lake. CR 5 is heavily traveled with houses lining the roadway. Big Lake elementary, middle, and high schools are near CR 5 and students had limited options to safely walk or bike to school.
Bolton & Menk assisted the city in successfully applying for a Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant to construct a continuous path from TH 10 to Lions Park. The continuous path includes sidewalks within the residential area and trails north of the city limits which provides pedestrian access to schools and numerous parks.
At the time the TAP grant was received, Sherburne County was preparing to reconstruct a portion of CR 5 that coincided with the sidewalk portion of the city’s project. An idea of combining the roadway reconstruction project with a multimodal project surfaced. We brought the project through the federal aid process, which included completion of design, estimating, plan approval, bidding, construction administration, and construction inspection.
The project resulted in 2.5 miles of a continuous walkable corridor improving pedestrian safety along the busy roadway.