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  • Mike Putz
  • Sat December 19 2020
  • Posted Dec 31

An Edgewood committee continues its fundraising for a walking path in the community as a Feb. 1 deadline approaches.

Called the Viking Loop, the trail will be a paved walking path that is 10 feet wide and will stretch eight-tenths of a mile.

It would begin at Community Dreams and continue along the east side of the Edgewood industrial park before connecting with sidewalks on North Washington Street. When connected to existing city sidewalks, it will offer residents a path stretching more than one mile.

The cost of the project is estimated at $300,000. The Pave the Way Committee currently has $62,000 in cash and pledges and has a goal of $150,000 in total cash and pledges. In addition, the City of Edgewood has agreed to match the $150,000 raised by the group.

Pave the Way Committee Member Michelle Brady said the Feb. 1 deadline is important.

“We need to have the money raised by then to continue to apply for grants and keep the city satisfied with our efforts,” she said.

Last fall, the Pave the Way committee received a $21,500 grant from Upper Mississippi Gaming Commission.

“By Feb. 1, we will present to the City Council what we have raised to that point,” Brady said. “We hope to get the green light from them at that meeting to begin construction this spring.”

If it does, the trail could be completed within one month.


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