Main Street trail from Anoka to Blaine now open

A pedestrian and bike trail is now open on Main Street from downtown Anoka through Coon Rapids to Highway 65 in Blaine.

The final piece, the completion of the trail and a pedestrian bridge on Main Street over Coon Creek, was completed in late June.

The trail is on the south side of Main Street, which becomes 125th Avenue NE in Blaine.

According to Dave Full, Coon Rapids project director, the city received a $72,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to help pay for the cost of the trail from Coon Creek Boulevard to 1,400 feet east, including the bridge.

The grant covered about half the project cost; the rest came from the city’s park improvement fund.

This project provided the final connection of the trail on the south side of the road from downtown Anoka that previously ended at Coon Creek Boulevard, Full said.

As part of two Anoka County highway construction projects, the pedestrian-bike trail was first constructed from Coon Creek Boulevard to Hanson Boulevard, then from Hanson to Highway 65 in Blaine during the Main Street and 125th Avenue NE reconstruction project which was completed in the summer of 2012, according to Full.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]