Photo by Chris Rogers
Tandem bicyclists and others enjoy a summer cruise around the Lake Park bike path. The bike path is expected to be resurfaced and widened by the end of September. According to city of Winona staff, the project will be funded with donations, $110,000 budgeted for the dike bike path, and $289,000 worth of bonds.
The city of Winona will complete a $534,000 renovation of the Lake Park bike path by the end of September, according to city staff. The project will resurface the entire path and widen it by two feet. A combination of bonds, donations, and budget changes are planned to finance the work.
The project has yet to receive approval from the City Council, but council members have voiced support for the renovation in previous discussions. The council is expected to vote to open up the project for bidding by the end of July.
The lion's share of funding for the bike path overhaul will come from bonds to be sold by the Winona Port Authority. The city will borrow $289,000 for the bike path, paired with an expected $1.2 million for renovation of the Winona airport. City staff members plan to use bonds to pay for upcoming expenses for both projects, but the bonds have yet to be approved. (See story page 1a.)
City staff members plan to use $110,000 budgeted for repair and extension of the dike bike path that runs from Levee Park to Riverview Drive for the Lake Park bike path. Director of Public Works Keith Nelson explained that while this idea had never been formally approved by the council, it had been discussed as a possibility during 2013 budget planning discussions that occurred last year. No such discussion was recorded in the minutes of city council meetings during that time.
Private donations of $94,682 were made for the project, including funds raised through the sale of the last glass Coke bottles made in Winona, and donations from the Rotary Club.
Construction of the path will occur sometime between August 1 and September 29, and is not to last more than 30 days, Nelson reported.