Flood Ravaged Willard Munger Trail Repairs Could Begin Next Week

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Credit: Minnesota DNR

Flood Ravaged Willard Munger Trail Repairs Could Begin Next Week

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September 21, 2012 Updated Nov 23, 2013 at 6:27 AM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- 14 miles of the Willard Munger Trail that sustained heavy damage following June's flooding could undergo repairs starting as soon as Monday, September 24th.

The first phase of construction will focus on stabilizing slopes and preventing further erosion. The trail between Duluth and Highway 210 in Thomson was been closed since torrential rains washed away parts of the trail back in June.

DNR officials say that even though the trail has been closed, staff have noticed bikers and in-line skaters using the trail, ignoring the signs and fencing.

“There is heightened concern for public safety as heavy equipment and vehicle traffic increase in the area over the next few months,” said Martin Torgerson, DNR area supervisor. “We thank trail users for their continued patience and urge them to obey the trail closure signs.”

Those who want to use the trails to enjoy the fall colors, more than 50 miles of the Willard Munger State Trail remain open from Thomson to Hinckley.

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