Monday, March 17, 2008

Article - Cottonwood bike trail receives $87,575 state grant

Independent, March 13
Author: Deb Gau

They say third time’s the charm, but having been through the application process twice before, Cottonwood city officials didn’t have their hopes up too high for a Safe Routes To School grant this year.

The news just arrived that Cottonwood had been awarded $87,575 to build a walking and biking trail along Barstad Road in Cottonwood. The trail would connect Lakeview School with C.W. Reishus Park on the east shore of Cottonwood Lake, making pedestrian travel along the road safer and more attractive.

The Safe Routes to School grant program is run by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to promote walking and biking to school. Grant money is awarded annually to communities for both infrastructure projects like construction of walking trails or bike lanes and non-infrastructure projects like safety programs. In 2008, MnDOT awarded a total of more than $2 million to projects around the state, a MnDOT news release said.


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