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Bikers on the Mesabi Trail
February 7, 2018

Mesabi: trail extension

Bikers on the Mesabi Trail
Paul Stafford /Explore Minnesota Tourism
Supported Project in P&TC’s 2018 Legislative Agenda

Project Overview

This project would develop a 3.5-mile segment of the Mesabi Trail from County Road 88 into Ely, Minn.

2018 Identified Need


Project Impact

The Mesabi Trail is currently 118 miles long, and when complete will connect Grand Rapids to Ely. The trail is a popular destination for bicyclists and by connecting the trail into Ely it enhances the connections and promotes tourism within the region while connecting people with the scenic beauty of the area.

Project Support

Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has recommended this project to be funded by the Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund.

Bill Status: Passed & Signed

  1. Bonding Bill (HF 4425) introduced that includes an appropriation of $600,000 from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund for an agreement with the St. Louis and Lake Counties Regional Railroad Authority for environmental assessment, permitting, right-of-way easements or other acquisition as needed, engineering, and construction of an approximately three-mile-long bituminous surface section of the Mesabi Trail between Ely and the intersection of Highway 169 and County Road 88. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2022, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.
  2. Bill passed in Senate (vote: 113-17) and House (vote: 42-25)
  3. Signed by Gov. Dayton on May 30, 2018

2018 Legislative Outcome

Amount RequestedAmount Funded

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