by Dennis Dalman
Thanks to a hefty grant, a sidewalk will be constructed along part of the south side of 2nd Street S. in Sartell.
The sidewalk will run from Pinecone Road east to 4th Avenue S. (by the police department). For years, residents have requested a sidewalk be installed there.
At its last meeting, the Sartell City Council authorized $48,000 for a preliminary engineering study for the sidewalk, an expense that is part of the $109,000 city’s share of the project. The city received a Safe Routes to School grant of $436,000, a grant that requires an 80/20 split, with the city picking up 30 percent of the cost.
The total cost of the project is estimated at about $545,000.
Environmental impact studies must be submitted before the project begins, as well as engineering plans to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and those studies are part of the engineering costs.
The sidewalk construction will start next summer, according to Sartell City Engineer Mike Nielson.