More Greenway and Cedar Lake Trail Maintenance

Starting this past monday there is going to be some additional maintenance going on along the Midtown Greenway and the Cedar Lake Trail.

The good news is, there won’t be any additional trail closures or detours but you are going to have to keep an eye out for maintenance crews and trucks.  The goal?  Extending the longevity of the trail surfaces.

We received the following update from the City:

We will be placing advanced warning for Bicycle Trail Maintenance on all entrances of the Cedar Lake Trail and the Greenway Phase 1 starting on Friday 8/5.  The signs will read “Bicycle Trail Maint. Beginning August 15”.  On Monday the 15th, the signs will read “Bicycle Trail Maint. Ahead”.  We are sealing the joints on the Greenway just as we did a few years ago.  We have some asphalt repairs on Cedar Lake Trail followed by joint sealing.  At this time we are not quite sure of the duration, but it will be at least 10 days.  The Greenway should go pretty quick as we are just touching up.

Thanks to the Shaun Murphy of the City of Minneapolis Department of Public Works for keeping us informed.

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One Response to More Greenway and Cedar Lake Trail Maintenance

  1. Ronald Adams says:

    Trails in the Twin Cities are badly out of compliance with MUTCD standards for signage. In Part 9, Traffic control for bicycle facilities, if you refer to section 9B.03(R1-20, it states “YIELD (R1-2) signs (see figure 9B-2) shall be installed on shared-use paths at points where bicyclists have an adequate view of conflicting traffic as they approach the sign, and where bicyclists are required to yield the right-of-way to that conflicting traffic.” Note the word “shall’. At present, there is not a “Yield” sign that I have found anywhere in the network of Hennepin County trails. This heedless proliferation of STOP signs where cyclists can often see clearly what cross/merging traffic looks like leads to bicyclists cruising through stop signs to avoid losing momentum. There is no difference in signage between where a yield situation exists and where coming to a full stop is a really good idea. I have seen too many bent up bikes lying by trail intersections where first time trail users were unaware that this particular stop sign should be taken seriously, unlike the past three identical stop signs that might be regarded as advisory. Why not use yield signs on bike and shared-use trails in compliance with Federal standards?

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