In 1994 Wold Engineering submitted a concept report for a proposed Shared Use Path that would ‘loop’ around Lake Metigoshe in the Turtle Mountains. Our firm’s objective was to create a scenic route for hiking, biking and roller blading without disturbing the beauty of the landscape and would serve as an adequate facility off the current roadway system, which is narrow with poor sight distance. Wold Engineering, P.C. implemented, designed and oversaw the construction of this path.
Preliminary issues addressed during the planning and design phase were utilities, environmentally sensitive areas, wetlands and forested areas. Also addressed was a structure that connected the north and south lake. This structure was planned for reconstruction in the upcoming years so a separate path along side the structure needed to be implemented in that design as well. Right-of-way acquisition and temporary easements, as well as the environmental impacts were also handled in this process.
Wold Engineering, P.C. worked closely with the NDDOT, Bottineau County Forces, The North Dakota Forest Service, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Lake Metigoshe Improvement Association, the local township, as well as the residents, to see this trail progress from the proposed concept through to the final completion.
The outcome is a scenic 8-mile asphalt trail that gently winds around Lake Metigoshe giving the people a quiet, enchanting route to enjoy all of the undisturbed beauty the Turtle Mountains have to offer.