The City of Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation, in collaboration with Dakota County, developed a pedestrian trail connection linking the City of Saint Paul’s Harriet Island Regional Park and Kaposia Landing Park in the City of South St. Paul. The 3.7-mile-long multi-use off-road trail became a part of the multi-state Mississippi River Trail (MRT). TKDA provided the preliminary engineering, design development, final design and construction document package for the entire proposed regional trail project.
This urban trail connects Harriet Island Regional Park to the Saint Paul Downtown Airport along Plato Boulevard, and south to Kaposia Park in South St. Paul. Connections were made to the River-to-River Greenway, Minnesota River Regional Greenway, Lilydale Regional Park Trail and Mississippi River crossings at Wabasha Street and Lafayette Road, filling an important gap in the northern Dakota County and Saint Paul non-motorized transportation network.
The project features a bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) tracks adjacent to Kaposia Landing Park in South St. Paul, two boardwalks within Mississippi River backwater marshland near the airport and three at-grade RR crossings. TKDA was able to display their diverse service offerings, including transportation, traffic, municipal, railroad and aviation engineering. In addition, TKDA’s facilities engineering group was brought on board to study the feasibility of relocating the Pool and Yacht Club facility as a design option.