Section of Willard Munger Trail to Close in Duluth
Section of Willard Munger Trail Closing for Expansion Project in Duluth
A short segment of the Willard Munger State Trail is closed temporarily to accommodate expansion and realignment of the Canadian National Railroad, where it crosses under the trail between Duluth and Carlton, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
The project will run through mid- to late summer.
The segment that closed April 6 is near Becks Road, about 5 miles south of the Duluth trailhead.
“For now, trail users can still park in the lot at 123rd Ave. W. and use Becks Road and Highway 23 to get around the construction site,” said Marty Torgerson, area supervisor for the DNR Parks and Trails Division. “As truck traffic picks up, however, the parking lot may have to close down, and trail users will have to plan their trip accordingly.”
The multiuse Willard Munger State Trail is paved for 70 continuous miles from Hinckley to Duluth.
Spring and summer uses of the trail include hiking, bicycling, in-line skating and horseback riding.
A map showing the construction area is posted at
www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/willard_munger/index.html. For updates and more information, check the website before traveling, or call the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.