Grinding Out A New Trail
Re-sizing railroad track ballast saved money and natural resources.
By Richard Parrish — Construction Bulletin, 10/6/2008

It was difficult not to notice them. Monstrous pieces of equipment grinding up granite ballast made an incredible racket this past spring and summer as they moved slowly over an obsolete railroad bed between curtains of trees, brush, homes, businesses, and other buildings in the city of Wayzata, MN, a Lake Minnetonka community 20 miles west of Minneapolis. 

Residents and passersby knew a big change was afoot, literally and figuratively. With the opening of this project, the Three Rivers Park District (TRPD) has a brand-new 13-mile, hard-surface trail that’s expected to draw upwards of 70,000 walkers, runners, bikers, and inline skaters annually.


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