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By Alan Branhagen, Arboretum director of operations
Visitors to the Arboretum should notice some new construction in the coming months along Highway 5 and the entrance to the Arboretum. In June, the City of Chanhassen, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and Carver County approved funding for Veit and Company, Inc. to construct the remaining link in the TH-5 trail, which will connect the Arboretum to the regional bike trail system.
This missing link runs from Century Boulevard to the east to an existing underpass beneath Minnesota Highway 5 at Minnewashta Parkway on the west. Major construction components will be a new underpass beneath Minnesota Highway 41, which will run behind our landscape sign at the intersection of Highway 41 and 5, as well as a new boardwalk over the wetland by the Marion Andrus Learning Center.
The trail will be hard surfaced, ADA compliant, and on Arboretum property as per a special Joint Powers Agreement between the University and Carver County.
Trail construction will start soon with a completion date set as July 31, 2021.
Once completed, the trail will be open for public use without entering the Arboretum. For the first time, Arboretum visitors will be able to access the Arboretum via this trail on foot or via bicycle at our existing Gatehouse. A new deer fence parallel to the trail is part of the project, so the Gatehouse will be the only access point into the Arboretum.
This is an exciting project that will better link the Arboretum to its neighboring communities and is part of a multi-modal access plan for the Arboretum, allowing visitors to arrive without using a vehicle. A generous grant from Toro will also allow the Arboretum to landscape the trail for the benefit of all who pass by.