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Trail system will grow

If you're feeling like you'd like to take a really long walk one of these days, you're in luck. By this fall, you should be able to walk all the way down Pilot Knob Road, and right over to Lakeville.

The city of Farmington is currently accepting bids for the construction of a trail extension along Pilot Knob Road. The trail will begin at the 203rd Street and Pilot Knob Road intersection, and continue to the south to County Road 50, where it will connect the trail system that leads east into downtown Farmington and west into Lakeville.

Farmington engineer Kevin Schorzman said the project will complete a trail route that has been in the works for several years. With the completion of this trail in the fall, residents will be able to travel the length of Pilot Knob Road without having to be on the roadway at all.

Bids will be opened July 27, and if they are favorable, Schorzman expects the Farmington City Council to award the contract at its Aug. 2 meeting. Construction would begin shortly afterward, and be completed by early October.

"This is a county-city project," Schorzman said. "The county is paying 55 percent, which in an excellent thing for he residents of this community."

Dakota County has started a trail planning program, which includes allocating funding for trail plans across the county. Farmington was one of the only communities that was ready with a specific plan this year, so the local project was placed on the books for 2010, Schorzman said.

"This was a good opportunity for the city that might not exist next year," he said. "It's kind of bringing those taxpayer dollars back home when you can get (Dakota County) to participate in something locally."

The city of Farmington will fund the other 45 percent of the project.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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