Construction of 70-Mile Trail Project Begins

Initial work includes clearing of the Phase I Right-of-Way


(Aitkin, MN) – Work has begun on the 70-Mile ATV/OHM trail in Aitkin and Itasca Counties.  Contractors have been selected to begin clearing the right-of-way for the Phase One routes and to stockpile materials to be used in construction this summer.


“The initial work is being done during frozen ground conditions to minimize soil impacts,” says Mark Jacobs, Aitkin County Land Commissioner.


The Phase I routes for the project include the Lawler North and South Loops, the Solana Forest Loop, and connecting trails from Pengilly to Warba and between the North Soo Line and the Moose River trail system.


As work on the trail routes begins the counties are reminding trail riders to stay away from construction zones and to not use the routes until construction is complete.


“Although the trail clearing has begun, the trails won’t be ready for use for awhile. Riding on them before they are ready may cause damage that could result in additional construction costs and ultimately the trails being closed,” says Jacobs.


More information about the project is available at: