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Red Bridge open house, trailhead discussion is Oct. 17

The Red Bridge is scheduled for eventual replacement in overall plans for a new trailhead facility and kiosk. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

An informational open house to hear about upcoming projects at Red Bridge Park will be Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Hubbard County Courthouse.

The city has received $137,000 in grant funding to develop a trailhead facility, parking lot and kiosk at the park. The red bridge will also be replaced by the Department of Natural Resources.

The open house is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17. During that time, city staff will present about the trail and beach house project and DNR staff will have a board showing the red bridge project. The community will have an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback during this time.

The Heartland Trail master plan shows the trail heading west through Red Bridge Park and along Beach Road with the final destination being Moorhead. Some work will also be done along Beach Road to accommodate the trail running along the road.

The existing red bridge is 60 feet long and the new bridge is proposed to be 180 feet.

It would start in the same location on the Red Bridge Park side and be longer on the Heartland Park side. The height would remain the same as the existing bridge.

Options are also being discussed for the trestle bridge, which has been deemed unsafe and has a 1,500-pound weight limit.

Right now, the state owns the trestle bridge. There has been some discussion of the DNR giving the bridge to the city or county. If that happens, the bridge would need to be torn down or rehabilitated. No funding is available to replace or repair the bridge.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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