St. Paul gets $10.5M for next phase of Grand Round scenic parkway

The project was first envisioned in the 1800s.
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St. Paul is getting millions of dollars to continue working on a scenic parkway that was first envisioned back in the 1800s.

The city announced Wednesday it will get $10.5 million in federal funding to finish the next phase of the Grand Round, a 27-mile scenic parkway that encircles the city, connecting people to parks, neighborhoods and businesses (here's a map of it).

Here's a video tour of the Grand Round:

Grand Round, Go Pro Tour -East to West from SEH-MTK on Vimeo.

"Here in St. Paul we have been working toward a future where more families can get on their bikes and find a safe path to school, to community centers, to the Mississippi River. This investment will do just that – creating a safer, more vibrant and accessible St. Paul," Mayor Chris Coleman said in a statement.

The grant money will be used to build sidewalks and bike trails, as well as make pedestrian improvements on Como Avenue between Hamline and Raymon avenues and on Johnson Parkway between Phalen Boulevard and Burns Street planned for 2020.

Other ares of the Grand Round are already finished, including along Wheelock Parkway and the southern portion of the loop that's along the Mississippi River.

The entire project is slated to be finished in the next 10-20 years, the Star Tribune says, noting there are still some existing roadways, rails and paths that need to be connected, and the city plans to add lighting, signs and public art along the route.

The Grand Round project is one of 58 Minnesota projects that'll get funding from the Transportation Improvement Program in 2020. For more information on the project, click here.

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