The City of Sartell is proud to announce that the City Council has approved the final design of the County Road 1 project. The project includes an 8-foot-wide paved trail from Sartell Street to 12th Street North, multiple overlooks of the Mississippi River, a “new” pedestrian bridge, a facelift to Veterans Park, reconstruction of the parking lot at Watab Park, and safety measures throughout the entirety of the project.

The project also includes sidewalk connectors from the Riverside trail to existing trails on 7th Street North and 12th Street North, providing Sartell with a complete trail network from 2nd Street South to 12th Street North and beyond.

After hearing feedback about safety concerns from residents, the council added, and approved, additional features to the project: pedestrian flashers, pedestrian islands, and radar speed signs.

Councilmember Jill Smith elaborated: “The County 1 Road design will support a breadth of users.  Avid bikers will continue to have and utilize bike lanes on the road; recreational users will have safe places to cross County Road 1 when walking, jogging, and biking along the Mississippi River.  Currently, all pedestrians and bikers utilize the already narrow roadway, which sees an incredible amount of traffic and several site impediments.  We appreciated all of the feedback from residents and worked with our engineering team to make several plan adjustments as a result.  Connecting our existing trail system with Mississippi River outlooks will be a fantastic amenity for the city.”

The very south end of the trail will be highlighted by the “new” pedestrian bridge. The historic bridge was previously used as the only vehicle crossing of the Mississippi River from 1914 to 1984. The project will allow the bridge to re-open for pedestrian access only. The bridge will keep its original character and rustic feel but will be updated with decorative lighting and safety features, and hopefully will lead to commercial opportunities on the East side of the River.

After several years of resident surveys and comprehensive plans, the City has been flooded with requests for more opportunities to embrace the Mississippi River. Approval of this project sets the stage for Sartell to be open to an age of revitalization, with a commitment to celebrating Sartell’s history, and the natural beauty found on our riverbanks.

Preparation for the project will begin this fall, with construction to begin in the spring of 2022. Construction will be substantially completed late in 2022 with final paving to take place in spring 2023. Detour information will be provided at a future date. If you have any questions about the project please email us at info@sartellmn.com.