Eagle Lake and Bryant Lake Regional Trails

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30-DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD STARTING MAY 24, 2021

The Park District released the Eagle Lake and Bryant Lake Regional Trails Master Plan for 30-day public comment starting May 24, 2021 and ending June 23, 2021. Comments will be addressed on this page at the end of the 30-day comment period. Please check out the draft master plan here and provide your feedback in the guestbook below or by email at EagletoBryantLakeRT@threeriversparks.org.

PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Park District is master planning a 17-mile trail to connect the communities of Maple Grove, Plymouth, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie, which may eventually include future extensions to Elm Creek Park Reserve to the north and the Carver County Regional Trail System to the southwest. The Eagle to Bryant Lake Regional Trail will be a 10-foot-wide, paved, multi-use trail supporting biking, hiking, dog walking, running and in-line skating.

The route was selected to connect areas of high natural resource value, local parks or trails, commercial areas, and other planned or existing regional trails when feasible.

Public and City Partner Engagement

In 2019 Three Rivers worked with focus cities to obtain public input and identify the proposed trail route between French and Bryant Lake regional parks. From June 2020 to March 2021 Three Rivers built upon this work with the additional engagement of the residents along the proposed route and adjacent communities.

Three Rivers used this community and partner city feedback to determine a preferred route. The plan will be available on this page for additional public comment in late Spring 2021.

For a more detailed look at the route, check out the concept design maps of each focus area here.

30-DAY PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD STARTING MAY 24, 2021

The Park District released the Eagle Lake and Bryant Lake Regional Trails Master Plan for 30-day public comment starting May 24, 2021 and ending June 23, 2021. Comments will be addressed on this page at the end of the 30-day comment period. Please check out the draft master plan here and provide your feedback in the guestbook below or by email at EagletoBryantLakeRT@threeriversparks.org.

PROJECT BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Park District is master planning a 17-mile trail to connect the communities of Maple Grove, Plymouth, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie, which may eventually include future extensions to Elm Creek Park Reserve to the north and the Carver County Regional Trail System to the southwest. The Eagle to Bryant Lake Regional Trail will be a 10-foot-wide, paved, multi-use trail supporting biking, hiking, dog walking, running and in-line skating.

The route was selected to connect areas of high natural resource value, local parks or trails, commercial areas, and other planned or existing regional trails when feasible.

Public and City Partner Engagement

In 2019 Three Rivers worked with focus cities to obtain public input and identify the proposed trail route between French and Bryant Lake regional parks. From June 2020 to March 2021 Three Rivers built upon this work with the additional engagement of the residents along the proposed route and adjacent communities.

Three Rivers used this community and partner city feedback to determine a preferred route. The plan will be available on this page for additional public comment in late Spring 2021.

For a more detailed look at the route, check out the concept design maps of each focus area here.

Eagle to Bryant Lake Regional Trail General Comments

If you would like to make general comments about the proposed Eagle to Bryant Lake Regional Trail master plan, please share your feedback here.

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I have lived in this neighborhood for 46 years and on Baker Road for 25 years. I have been a cyclist for the entire time and still am. I agree with the placement of the D1 segment on the west side of Baker for all of the reasons stated in the plan and a few more; the Jr. High, the ramps on/ off Hwy. 7, the existing crossing and park & ride at Mtka. Blvd. All in all though I would much rather see Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail get paved. Baker has some really steep grades that are challenging to anyone on a bicycle.

P & S Cooper 1 day ago

Crossing Highway 55 at-grade is a deal breaker. People are going to die.

If you don't have the money to build a bridge, you need to route the trail 1 mile west to utilize the Luce Line crossing underneath 55.

Along with this change, I would encourage you to consider routing the trail along Plymouth Road & Xenium Ln between 394 and the Luce Line.

timhawkinson 1 day ago

I live on Baker Road and do not approve of this plan as is. Those of us on the first block of Baker Road have smaller front yards, the right of way is 13 feet from the curb which puts this trail right at my fence and will remove two large mature trees. It is already very difficult to back out of our driveways onto Baker and this proposed plan will only make that worse. Why wasn't Shady Oak considered for this project? The houses are set farther back and the speed limit is lower. Putting the trail on the west side will have serious, negative effects on the people who live here and already have to put up with people regularly speeding by without any enforcement. We should have been notified about this directly and not had to go digging for this info. Very disappointing all around.

Amy P 1 day ago

My wife and I love to bike and we support any expansion of the regional trail system including this one. However, we continue to be very disappointed that the Lake Minnetonka trail and the Bluffs trail continue to be unpaved. Both of these trails could be paved for a fraction of the cost of building new trails, especially trails requiring massive bridges, boardwalks etc. Makes no sense to us.

ghinep 3 days ago

I have lived on Baker Road for 42 years. I would love to see a paved trail. I am a cyclist as is my wife. I would like to see a preliminary route and see the design techniques you will use to accomplish this trail. I worked for many bike trails in the area including the Midtown Greenway and the route on Baker Road. I would like to see how much property you will have to acquire and see the rationale for that route. In my experience the concept is always good the reality sometimes not so good. Using bridges to avoid traffic maybe a way to accomplish some of the high accident areas as for solving the preference of where to site the trail good luck. PS I served as a Minnesota State Planner Examiner for 22 years for the Minnesota Department of Administration & Labor & Industry. I watched many discussions re: location. My brother -in- law, Del Miller, worked for Three Rivers park District and we talked about many of the problems in acquiring the land to build the trails. I'd appreciate notice of any public meeting regarding the trail.

Jim Fallon 5 days ago

I live just off Eagle Lake and walk the trails in the park daily. I love the area down by the point and am excited about the potential to have the bike trail connect from Eagle Lake to Bryant Lake. As I look at the plans, I see there is still more planning to come for segment A2 through the Eagle Lake Regional Park Master Plan. I would love to be involved with that process when it comes around and happy to help in any ways with the project. Myself and many of the neighbors I talk with love the country & natural feel that is present in Eagle Lake area (gravel road, nature, a bit more rustic). I think taking part of the roadway and making it a paved for bikes would be great. My suggestion would be to use this opportunity to close off that road to vehicle traffic by gating it near where the asphalt turns to gravel on 63rd a few blocks East of Hemlock. Potentially could create a small parking lot by that initial inlet as a trail head but then restrict vehicles from driving down what is currently the gravel road. This will allow you to only have to install a paved path the normal width and potentially leave some of the gravel road in place to keep the country feel. I don't believe the road is wide enough to have both a bike path and still allow for people to safely drive on that road without having to widen it and loose more trees. We have seen more and more cars driving on paths and in the grass areas on the point so this would also help reduce that traffic. Thanks again for all the park district does and I look forward to the trail expanding.

Tim H 12 days ago

I live on Baker Road in a home that will be impacted by the proposed trail. Many of the older homes along this route are very close to the road and the installation of the trail will require the removal of mature trees. Due to the proximity of many homes, including mine, to the roadway, your proposal essentially places a trail and its users in my front yard, very close to my home-- resulting in a diminution in the value and privacy of my home; for this reason I am opposed to the current proposed placement of the trail.

Susanne G 15 days ago

Great plan. It would be a great opportunity to connect subsegment B8 to LaCompte Park. It would also be a perfect time to work with Plymouth to utilize the Co Rd 73 Park/Open space. Leverage new uses for that land and create a board walk through the area similar to the Norther Greenway work off Peony Lane. Plymouth needs to step up and ask the Grantor/Funder of the 73 open space for flexibility to create a more cohesive park and trail system.
The proposed at grade crossing at Hwy 55 is currently challenging and with a regional trail that challenge will not go away. I can see a pedestrian bridge from Plymouth Transit Station landing on the City platted ROW adjacent to 10700 Hwy 55. Using the platted ROW to head north to 10th Ave/South Shore Drive. This will also set up a safer crossing at 10th Ave/South Shore Drive with better lines of sight on the straight roadway. The current crossing at 10th Ave/South Shore Drive is proven to be difficult with line of sight is limited on a curved road and turning traffic.

stew0283 20 days ago

B7 & B8: The 55 crossing is currently brutal. Contingency planning with a grade separated crossing would be good to show as an option with cost estimates. It makes sense to not lock into that due to the potential changes on 55 and County Road 73 but having some idea how it might look would be helpful.

Are there long term plans to rebuild 73 in this section?

The east-side option requires trail users to cross 10th (4,050 AADT), and 73 twice (3,000, 6,900). A west-side option would require crossings at South Shore Drive (1,350), Sunset Trail (1,750) and Ridgemont Ave (1,900), and would better connect to the trail along Ridgemont Ave that leads to Wayzata East and Sunset Hill Elementary. The west side option would allow the larger amount of residences west of 73 better access as well.

The intersection at 55 makes a western alignment trickier but crossing the lower volume streets and the better access to the adjoining neighborhoods and schools seems to make this a better option.

Page 46: the text box regarding reducing the travel lanes to 11' is incomplete.

petervick 21 days ago

A North South Trail is sorely needed. Please include bridges over Hwy 55 and I94. I am a heavy user of the 3 Rivers Trail System. Your proposed trail will be a welcome addition to our trail system.

brischall 22 days ago

This appears to be a very sound plan. As a Minnetonka resident of nearly 25 years I applaud this strategy to create a north-south connection for active travel and outdoor recreation. We currently have challenges with finding pathways for our children to safely travel in these directions by bike or on foot. This will add significant value to our western suburb community and I completely support it.

Mark Norquist 22 days ago

Please include a bike bridge over I94 at the north side of Eagle Lake. When you constructed the Nine Mile Creek Trail in Edina you included bike bridges over HWY 100 and HWY 62. Whenever I bike up to Eagle Lake from Eden Prairie I always continue to the mall or Elm Creek Park.

MN about 1 month ago

I would love a north-south biking connection from Plymouth to Eden Prairie. Crossing 55 is a problem. A tunnel or bridge would help a lot.

PlymouthRider 3 months ago

Excellent plan! While I don’t work in Eden Prairie anymore, I did a few years ago and biked there several times from my house in Plymouth along the parts of the proposed route and there were areas that were truly frightening, especially along Baker Road, crossing Highway 55. Getting a paved, dedicated trail in place would make biking AND driving a car much safer for BOTH. I also echo the thoughts about a bridge across Highway 55 if possible, or at least a trail with a better crossing, like at Highway 55 and Theodore Wirth Parkway. Whatever is done will be an improvement! Thanks for continuing to work on improvements to our amazing trail system!

Sggh2oski 3 months ago

Just moved to Minnetonka off Baker/Excelsior and am very excited for this proposal! Will be highly used by our family. We've noticed how dangerous it seems to be walking/biking Baker Rd right now without any sidewalks/bike lane designations and this provides a safe solution. Look forward to the community demos as we get closer - happy to continue supporting this project.

bridgetjordan 4 months ago

This will be a great addition to the trail system. The crossing of 55 is a major concern though. You should consider significant changes to that intersection to improve safety. If an overpass or underpass isn’t practical, better markings or signals would help.

cdwilson68 4 months ago

Love this idea!! Thank you for planning more bike trails! They will be well used by us and will offer great benefits to the community

Jnet 5 months ago

Can you please add a much safer crossing at Hwy 55? A bridge or tunnel is preferred!!

Crossing 394 (north to south) is fraught with danger now. Cars taking a right on red from the frontage road onto Co Rd 73 often don’t see bikers. How can that be made more safe?

Will the bike lanes be separate from the pedestrian lanes throughout the trail?

Thanks for finally making a safer walking/biking lanes!!

Frosty 6 months ago

I love this idea. Hopkins Crossroads, the current obvious N-S route, is so dangerous for bikers/walkers/runners. There are some sections where the "shoulder" is barely a few inches. As a Hopkins resident who wants to head north, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see this happen. Thank you!

EmilyW 6 months ago

We are very excited about the proposed trail plan, especially the possibility of connecting to two other trail systems in the future. This trail will be well used and will serve the local community in a great way.

KF_5 7 months ago