Portion of Black Dog Trail to close for construction

A portion of Black Dog Trail along the Minnesota River in northern Burnsville will be closed from June to October to complete construction of a new 3.75-mile paved Black Dog segment of the Minnesota River Greenway Trail.

Throughout the summer and fall, trail users will still have access to the portion of the trail between the new Minnesota Riverfront Park on the west (off I-35W and Black Dog Road) and a new observation deck being completed this spring.

The trail will be closed beyond the observation deck to the east, and there will be no trail access from the east off Highway 77 (Cedar Avenue). Trail users are encouraged to stay off the roadway during construction.

Once complete, the new paved trail will be ideal for walking or biking and will include an observation deck and wildlife viewing areas. Completion is expected in October. The new Minnesota Riverfront Park – which will serve as a trail head to the new trail – will be home to picnic tables, a grilling area, a bicycle repair station and a parking lot.

The Black Dog portion of this trail will eventually become part of a larger network of connected trails known as the Minnesota River Greenway.

To learn more about the Minnesota River Greenway project, visit www.co.dakota.mn.us and search for “Minnesota River.”