Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Demonstration Project: Beaver Bay/Gitchi Gami State Trail Crossing

Hwy 61 in Beaver Bay

About this project

Photo of the Gitchi Gami Trail crossing in Beaver Bay.

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Installed demonstration project at the Gitchi Gami State
Trail crossing in Beaver Bay.

MnDOT has installed a demonstration project at the Gitchi Gami State Trail crossing in Beaver Bay in Summer 2021. Demonstration projects are short-term, low-cost, temporary roadway projects used to pilot potential long-term design solutions to improve walking, bicycling and public spaces. In Summer 2020, safety concerns were raised about this at-grade trail crossing, with vehicles failing to stop for trail users. Several improvements were installed by Fall 2020, with installation of the demonstration planned for Summer 2021. The demonstration project will be removed before snow and ice season, approximately mid-October.

Recently completed improvements at trail crossing:

  • Replaced standard pedestrian warning signs with bike and pedestrian combined warning signs
  • Installed advance bike/ped warning sign for southbound Hwy 61
  • Installed ahead plaques below advance warning signs
  • Installed bike/ped warning signs on left side of crossing for both directions (visible on both sides for drivers in both directions of traffic)

Completed for the demonstration project Summer 2021:

  • Install gate posted in-street “state law, stop for pedestrian signs” in advance of crossing on both approaches
  • Install stop bar pavement markings in advance of trail crossing on both approaches
  • Install “stop here for peds” signs in advance of trail crossing on both approaches
  • Install temporary raised curb with attached bollards to mimic curb bump-outs in advance of crossing on both approaches

More information

For more information about MnDOT Demonstration Projects, please visit the Minnesota Walks website.