A 4.3 mile section of the Mississippi River Regional Trail (MRRT) is being constructed through the Spring Lake Park Reserve between Fahey Avenue in Rosemount and 127th Street in Nininger Township.
The Mississippi River Regional Trail also serves as part of the national Great River Road’s Mississippi River Trail, travelling as far south as the Gulf of Mexico. Find out about the project.
The project includes many unique elements that combine the Mississippi River Regional Trail with park amenities including:
- Three overlooks for users to stop and enjoy the unique qualities of Spring Lake Park Reserve.
- A “bench” along the edge of the west facing bluff that allows users to reach the upper plateau of Schaar’s Bluff.
- Two pedestrian bridges that together span approximately 570 feet in total length with overlook decks on each bridge span to allow sweeping views of the river and ravines.
- Maximum 4 percent trail grade which is well within ADA requirements to create an enjoyable experience for users of all ages and abilities.
- More than 1,300 native trees, shrubs and perennials and 25 acres of prairie restoration.
- Interpretive signs
Project Timeline: Winter 2014/2015-Fall 2016
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Impact to residents
When the project begins, there will be a significant increase in truck traffic in the area including delivery and removal of construction equipment (cranes and excavators) and material hauling. The specific phasing of the work, including truck routes, will be proposed by the contractor with the winning bid and approved by County engineering staff.
There will be increased noise from truck traffic, operation of construction equipment, and rock excavation. The rock excavation will take place on the west-facing bluff along Spring Lake near Schaar’s Bluff.
Construction will close model airfield
Construction of the trail will include a 6-acre rock processing and storage site located at the existing model airfield site on Schaar’s Bluff in Spring Lake Park Reserve. The model airfield will be available to flyers until Nov. 30, 2014.
The rock processing site will be active through project completion in fall 2016. Contractors will have up to three years to remove material from the site and restore it to its original condition. It is unknown when the site will be available for public use. Find out more about the model airfield.
The proposed current construction budget is about $10.9 million which includes the trail, bridges, rock cuts, overlooks, restoration activities and park amenities. The County was awarded three federal grants to help fund the project in the amount of $2.9 million.
The project includes two foot bridges. A 400-foot bridge that spans the widest ravine will cost $1.3–1.4 million. A shorter 250-foot bridge that spans a narrower, deeper ravine will cost $1–1.1 million.