The 4.5-mile segment of the Root River State Trail that travels between the towns of Lanesboro and Whalan will be closed for repairs, beginning June 17th.
The Department of Natural Resources says the trail will be repaved and widened from 8 to 10 feet, and two small bridges will be replaced with culverts. The project is expected to be complete by July 12th.
There will be no marked detour around the segment that is under repair. Until repairs are complete and the segment has been reopened, the DNR encourages the public to use the other 37.5 miles of the trail and to explore the adjacent 18-mile Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail.
Beginning in Fountain, the 42-mile Root River State Trail was built on an abandoned railroad and runs through the communities of Lanesboro, Whalan, Peterson, Rushford and Houston. First paved in 1987, the Lanesboro-to-Whalan segment is one of the most popular sections of the state trail.