by Dennis Dalman
A possibility for a pedestrian bridge in Sauk River Regional Park will be studied by Stantec Consulting Services after the Sartell City Council authorized a contract with that company for $12,500 at the Aug. 24 council meeting.
In the middle of the park, the land is divided by the Sauk River, and there is no safe way for park walkers to get from one side to the other. In another part of the park, there is already a wooden pedestrian bridge leading across the river to Whitney Park land.
Stantec, located in St. Cloud, will study the topography, the whole area and the kind of bridge that might be appropriate for a second bridge in the park. State funding would cover any engineering costs. The bridge would also be a vital connection to existing and proposed hiking-biking trails in the park.