Repairs Underway on Cannon Valley Trail
The Cannon Valley Trail opened its closed segment from the Welch Station to the Red Wing Trailhead on July 28th, but there are still repairs being made. Heavy rainfall in June caused extensive damage resulting in closure of this segment and the effects can still be seen along the trail. Shoulder repair, replacement of asphalt that was washed away, placement of a bridge that became dislodged and culvert repair are just a few of the things that continue to be worked on.
Large sections of asphalt needed to be replaced in several locations and many of the bridges also needed asphalt repair due to washouts on both sides of them.
Sand and mud that washed over the trail has been removed and by the size of the piles left behind the trail must have been covered pretty deep in some areas.
It appeared that most of the significant damage was in the first 1/3 of the trail segment stating from the Welch Station heading east to Red Wing. Trail crews are still making repairs during weekdays, so keep an eye out for them and be prepared to stop or go around them. There are still several areas that are being prepared for paving and are filled with gravel, so slow down and use caution at these sections.