Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation say that work is almost finished on a three-year project to provide signage along the native shores of the Mississippi River.  By mid-July, the more than 800-mile river will include signs that help motorists and bicyclists better navigate the scenic byways that flank the waterway.

The Mississippi River Trail runs from the headwaters in Itasca State Park in northern Minnesota to the Iowa border. It is part of a 10-state route that ends at the Gulf of Mexico. Minnesota’s route is on roads, paths and trails along the river with options that include sections of the Paul Bunyan and Heartland state trails and sometimes both sides of the river.

The project involved MNDOT and many partners, including cities, counties, Department of Natural Resources, National Park Service, and the Mississippi River Parkway Commission.

Funding for the signs came from the National Scenic Byways program, National Park Service and the Transportation Alternative Program.

To access bicycle maps of the Mississippi River, click here.