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Trail Construction

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.

Project elements
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: February 2015-Fall 2016

Get email updates
To receive email updates for this project, email Erin Borchert at Please include “MRRT – SLPR” in the subject line.

Construction schedule
May 2016

Fahey Avenue to Fischer Avenue

  • Installing plant materials.
  • Miscellaneous work and cleanup.

Fischer Avenue to Hilary Path

  • Continue grading sections of the trail.
  • Placing aggregate on sections of the trail.
  • Continue working on  the pedestrian bridge.
  • Placing topsoil and seeding in various locations.
  • Installing plant materials.

Hilary Path to 127th Street

  • Grading from Hilary Path to the east.
  • Continue working on the pedestrian bridge.
  • Placing topsoil and seeding in various locations.
  • Installing fence.

Schedules are subject to change due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

Construction closes 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 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 $8.9 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 $3.9 million.

The project includes two foot bridges. A 400-foot bridge that spans the widest ravine will cost $1.2 million. A shorter 250-foot bridge that spans a narrower, deeper ravine will cost $1 million.  

Last updated: 5/13/2016 10:35 AM