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News & Project Updates

This is where you will find information about various projects relevant to the Gateway & Brown's Creek Trails.

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  • 04/01/2020 7:07 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    LOUD NOISE ALERT : The frog chorus is in full swing along the Gateway ... listen to them sing .

    In the shallower marshes around Pine Point the noise from the Western Chorus Frogs, Wood Frogs and Northern Leopard frogs (I think I have them right) was DEAFENING this afternoon. They like to "party" when there is little wind and a nice spring day .

    Listen to this video: IMG_1862.MOV

    Lots more information about the different MN frogs is here:
    https://www.pca.state.mn.us/living-green/frogs-minnesota

    Get out there along the Gateway and enjoy the sounds of spring!

  • 03/18/2020 7:18 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)


    The highly anticipated re-opening of the historic Stillwater Lift Bridge and the completion of the Loop Trail  on May 15 and 16, 2020, on the St. Croix Riverfront, Lowell Park. has now been POSTPONED til Aug/Sept 2020 due to coronavirus concerns  (3-18-2020 bulletin)

  • 03/15/2020 11:44 AM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    A hard working crew of 9 GBCTA folks (Dennis L, Ian H, Jim M, Greg L, John C, Gil E, Ron M, Scott E, Dorian G ) were busy on Saturday March 14th and built 4 more ADA benches (2019-2020 total=8)  for the DNR to install on the Gateway trail. A big Thank you to all who worked on this additional amenity for the trail.




  • 03/13/2020 2:14 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    Good news for spring bikers and walkers

    The DNR has agreed to a request from GBCTA and will be plowing the Gateway Browns Creek trail from Jamaca to Manning (Browns Creek) during the winter to spring transition. This is intended to be after the cross country ski season and so not affect that use.

    The main goal is to greatly reduce  the lingering packed ice-rutted snow in wooded sections that has made typically made the trail very unpleasant for biking and hiking in the first half of April. With the winter long existing plowing regimes  (St Paul - Jamaca, and Manning (BCreek) to Stilllwater already in place)  this will enable St Paul - Stillwater bike rides by the much safer Gateway - Browns Creek trail (vs road shoulders) possible. There may be some snow and ice remaining (or new snow falls) but it should not be in long and deep sections.  At present the Duluth Junction to Pine Point section of the Gateway will be left unplowed all winter.

    UPDATE 3-13-2020  see our Facebook page for the latest pictures ( a plowing was done ... lots of hard ice covered sections remain)


    So get out there on your bike in early April and enjoy a ride to Stillwater or ?

    Ian Harding

  • 03/02/2020 4:26 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    The Association sadly announces the passing of our good friend Bill Berger.

    Bill and his wife,Joan, are owners of Gateway Cycle on Hwy 36 in Oakdale.  Bill, Joan and Gateway Cycle have been active supporters of the Association for many years.  Joan served as Secretary until recently, when she retired to support Bill, as they dealt with his progressing ALS.

    There is a wonderful picture and more at Gateway Cycle


    Bill will be missed.  He was a great friend to those who knew him, and to his customers.  He had a life-long passion for biking, and was an advocate for biking in our community.  We send our sympathy to Joan and their family.

    Dennis Lindeke
    President GBCTA
  • 01/30/2020 8:16 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    A $4.6 milllion bonding request has been submitted to the MN State Legislature 2020 session by the City of Scandia for the extension of the state's most popular bike trail, the Gateway Trail from William O'Brien state park to Scandia. There is both exceptional local community interest for local biking, and strong support from regional cycling enthusiasts. The trail extension will enhance the economic viability of Scandia as well as linking to the Swedish Immigrant trail.

    We hope you can support this online petition (click on it for the link)

    www.ipetitions.com/petition/get-the-gateway-trail-to-scandia


    Complete details are here:

    Gateway Bill Talking Points.docx

    Gateway Capital budget request for 2020.pdf

    A Gateway to Scandia day at the Capitol event is scheduled for March 16th

    more details here.

    Please support this effort so we can get the trail extended to Scandia.




  • 01/30/2020 6:17 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    About 800 people enjoyed the Jan 24 2020 Candlelight walk along the Gateway trail. Thank you to the DNR !

    Click here to see pictures

  • 11/24/2019 6:13 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    A large crowd of folks (politicians, engineers, construction workers, employees and the general public) was on hand on Friday Nov 22nd  to formally celebrate the opening of the new Hadley / hwy 36 Interchange with the new Gateway Trail tunnel. 

    The supporting groups of Washington County, MN DOT, MN DNR, City of Oakdale, GBCTA, contractors, Fleet Farm, MN State Legislature, Federal Highway Administration and others were all represented.  US Congresswoman Betty McCollum, MN Senator Chuck Wiger, and MN Congressman Leon Lillie  were among the many speakers praising the project team for a job well done. The honors of cutting the ribbon went to   Washington County Commissioner Stan Karwoski. (see picture below)

    Another great safety improvement now in place on the Gateway Trail! Thank you all.




  • 11/07/2019 3:54 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    A large crew from NE Metro Intermediate School District 916 Career and Tech program were at Rotary Park North St Paul this month to work on finishing up the new restrooms project (funded by the North St. Paul Maplewood Oakdale Rotary Club and a $500 donation from GBCTA).

    As of Oct 24th plumbing is in and work is being done for complete the exterior work and interior by the end of November.  Thank you to the 916 crew for your hard work and we wish you luck in your chosen career paths. 

    Update: Nov 8th metal roof is on and Tyvek wrap is on

    Picture from Nov 6


  • 11/05/2019 8:13 PM | Ian Harding (Administrator)

    MN DNR Update to GBCTA Oct 24 2019

    35E/Maryland Avenue Reroute – Project has now been funded. Design work will continue this fall; construction in 2020

    Sewer project behind K Mart in St Paul- The city of St Paul has resumed the sewer construction work and the trail should be reopened in late October/early November 2019.

    Westminster Bridge – design work continues; Construction work is expected in late spring/early summer 2020.

    Hadley Ave – roads have reopened. Trail reopening in 2020; detour remains in place

    Brown's Creek trail culvert (mile 0.25) repair will occur next spring

    Maintenance- striping on the Gateway delayed by cold weather to spring 2020. 146 fallen trees were removed from the trail in 2019 YTD

    Brown's Creek trail usage: average for last 15 months is 452 users per day, June – Aug 2019 daily average was 923

    Gateway Extension update:

    a) DNR is working on processing 2 easement acquisitions along the extension corridor in May Township (1) and Marine (1) .

    b) DNR staff is continuing work on options for Gateway Extension through and /or in the vicinity of William O'Brien State park

    c) All easements for the section of the trail from William O'Brien to Scandia have now been acquired.

    d) A bonding request for the Scandia to William O Brien section is being prepared for submission to the MN state legislature in early 2020 by the City of Scandia. Get ready to support this in Feb/March 2020

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