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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

Update to the Board
A project update was given during the April 14, 2015  Physical Development Committee of the Whole meeting. See the meeting presentation.

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 for Oct. 2-10
Fahey Avenue to Fischer Avenue

  • Placing aggregate.
  • Seeding some of the areas disturbed by construction.

Fischer Avenue to Hilary Path

  • Continue grading sections of the trail.
  • Prepare the trail for placing aggregate.
  • Placing aggregate.
  • Placing topsoil in various locations.
  • Seeding some of the areas disturbed by construction.
  • Forming the east abutment of the pedestrian bridge.
  • Forming the west pier of the pedestrian bridge.
  • Driving pile for the east pier of the pedestrian bridge.

Hilary Path to 127th Street

  • Grading from Hilary Path to the east.
  • Continue grading the east end of the trail at Schaar's Bluff.

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: 10/2/2015 9:33 AM