Gateway Regional Trail – Construction Begins!

The Gateway Regional Trail from Montreal and Hurley, Wisconsin to Ironwood, Bessemer and Wakefield Michigan was designed envisioned back in 2010 as a way for the Gogebic Range to build on its assets to attract and retain young people. As part of the Gogebic Range Next Generation Initiative, every municipality, school district and chamber of commerce passed a resolution of support. Now, five years later, phase I of this regional trail vision has been constructed, with phase II on track for next summer!

Phase I will include the portion within the City of Ironwood, including the retrofit of a historic train trestle across the Montreal River into Hurley. Phase II will bring the trail from Ironwood to downtown Bessemer – to be completed by the fall of 2017. Next phases include going further East to Wakefield and further into Wisconsin through Gile and Montreal.

Funding for the construction of the trail has come from a variety of sources, including state and federal grants, tourism tax revenue and local fund-raising. For example, local residents, organizations and businesses donated over $50,000 to retrofit the historic train trestle between Ironwood and Hurley, overlooking the beautiful Montreal River.

An average night will witness dozens of people walking, jogging and biking on this beautiful new trail. As the years go by, the trail will be extended and enhanced and will attract even more residents and visitors to the trail and to our community.

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