Bruce Vento Regional Trail Extension – Whitaker Street to County Road J

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Phase 2 design project

Additional planning and design are underway for the last section of regional trail from Whitaker Street and County Road J in the cities of White Bear Lake and White Bear Township. Currently, the existing planned regional trail alignment is in an active railway corridor and will not accommodate a regional trail.

Ramsey County Parks & Recreation initiated a planning study from 2018–2019 to refine alternative alignment corridors out of the rail right-of-way. This process investigated several trail corridors north of Highway 96 to County Road J. In early 2020, a preferred trail alignment corridor was selected as a result of a public engagement process from September 2018–2020.

Preferred corridor

A preferred regional trail corridor was selected following Bald Eagle Avenue, Bald Eagle Boulevard, Taylor Avenue and Hugo Road to County Road J. An alternate alignment was also selected with potential utilization of the White Bear High School property, Division Street and Park Avenue to Hugo Road. The alternate route was presented as a secondary option dependent on outcomes from design scenarios on Bald Eagle Boulevard.

In February 2021, another planning and design project was initiated to study the preferred regional trail alignment further and develop a schematic/preliminary design plan for the section of trail between Whitaker Street and County Road J. This project will integrate a regional trail extension within an urban corridor of varied road types utilizing the preferred trail route.

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Project goals

  • Basis for final design and construction documents and future grant requests from Whitaker Street to County Road J.
  • To facilitate public involvement with meaningful engagement to obtain feedback representative of the population living within the project corridor for regional trail improvements.
  • Provide high quality community spaces that promote an enriched culture for all people, all ages and all abilities.
  • To provide a regional trail facility, amenities, and site components that complement the natural resource base and incorporate sustainability and green infrastructure for long-term resiliency.
  • Provide trail connections to Rush Line BRT, downtown White Bear Lake, and other trail systems.

Next steps

  • Development of schematic design options and 20% preliminary plans.
  • Community engagement process:
    • We are currently reviewing input received from engagement activities, including the October 21, 2021, public meeting, online survey and other comments received as part of the process.
    • The next round of engagement is planned for January through March 2022 for more targeted engagement.

Community engagement


We asked the community to share input as we continue to develop the preliminary design of an extension to the Bruce Vento Regional Trail. The survey was available through Nov. 10, 2021. 


An interactive wikimap is available to view and share comments.

Project wikimap

Previous community engagement