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U of M offers workshop on best practices for management/maintenance of paved recreational trails

Maintaining the ever-growing miles of recreation trails within local agency jurisdiction is proving to be difficult due to the increased demands on trail use and funding limitations. The timely maintenance of paved trail surfaces and the surroundings along the corridor is critical to maintaining a good trail system. The Minnesota Local Road Research Board recently funded an update to a popular workshop on corridor management for paved trails.

The workshop, which is being held through the University of Minnesota, focuses primarily on the management and maintenance of trail pavement, but it also includes other elements such as vegetation, drainage, signing/striping, lighting, amenities, etc. This workshop guides the audience through the use of the trail maintenance schedule and checklist and provides information on various pavement issues and treatments. Participants will receive a maintenance schedule and checklist for a typical paved trail.

Workshops will be held at the following locations:

Brainerd/Baxter – Sept. 24
MnDOT District 3
7694 Industrial Park Road
Baxter, MN 56425-8096

Maple Grove – Oct. 8
MnDOT Maple Grove Truck Station
9501 Hemlock Lane North
Maple Grove, MN 55369

Rochester – Oct. 15
MnDOT District 6 (Mississippi East and West Rooms)
2900 48th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901-5848

The cost for the workshop is $50. For more information and to register visit