Best Practices: Corridor Management/Maintenance of Paved Recreational Trails

Status:  Complete
Report Date:  11/01/2019


Maintaining the ever-growing miles of recreation trails within local agency jurisdictions is proving to be difficult due to the increased demands on trail use and funding limitations. The timely maintenance of paved trail surfaces and their surroundings along the corridor is critical to maintaining a good trail system. The Minnesota Local Road Research Board and Minnesota LTAP developed a training curriculum and hosted a workshop on Corridor Management/Maintenance of Paved Recreational Trails in Baxter, Maple Grove, and Rochester. It is an update to a popular workshop on corridor management for paved trails from 2011. The updated workshop focused primarily on the management and maintenance of the trail pavement, but also includes other elements such as vegetation, drainage, signing/striping, lighting, amenities, etc. It also guides the audience through the use of the trail maintenance schedule and checklist and provides information on various pavement issues and treatments.

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