Walking path funds approved by county

Staff Writer
Ken Francis
The City of Big Lake, Sherburne County and Big Lake School District are working together to help kids find a safe walking route to school.
Tuesday, the Sherburne County Board approved a $15,000 contribution for the construction of an asphalt walking path from the soccer field area on the  Big Lake High School grounds to Glenwood Ave.
The trail will allow students to avoid walking along a section of Eagle Lake Road, which no longer has shoulders for walking since a continuous turn lane was established.
Sheriff Joel Brott said crossings at intersections on Eagle Lake Road are dangerous, and adding the walking path is one way to make things safer.
Members of the board spoke about the need for a sidewalk along Eagle Lake Road, which would also be a collaboration between the city, county and school district. But it would take a joint funding agreement between those parties to get it done.
Brott said it doesn’t matter who’s responsible. 
“Is it a city problem, a county problem? Funding is always an issue,” he said. “They’re everybody’s children. Let’s just get it done.”
Brott said the county’s share for the path will come from the Sheriff’s Office Traffic Safety Fund.
The path is expected to be completed before the start of the school year.


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