Funding will help complete the Mississippi River Greenway project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith and Congresswoman Angie Craig announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded $8.8 million in federal funding for infrastructure improvements in Dakota County. Specifically, the grant, provided through USDOT’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program, will support work to extend and complete the Mississippi River Greenway. Once completed, this trail will provide scenic views of the river and connections to other trails for pedestrians and bicyclists. 

“Investments in our infrastructure serve as down payments on the long-term economic well-being of our state,” said Klobuchar. “This federal funding will support work to complete the Mississippi River Greenway, providing more opportunities for economic growth and tourism in local communities along this path, as well as beautiful views.”

“Infrastructure is the backbone of a strong, resilient economy, connecting Minnesotans to their jobs, schools, grocery stores and countless other opportunities,” said Smith. “This funding will help complete the Mississippi River Greenway Project, which will provide a great trail with river access for runners, bicyclists, and others looking to enjoy the outdoors. I’m excited to see these investments making an impact for Minnesotans.”

“With these funds, Dakota County will be able to complete the Mississippi River Greenway – ensuring that all Minnesotans are able to enjoy the beauty of the river and its surrounding areas. Having worked with Dakota County leaders to secure this funding, I know it will bring great benefit to our communities and I’m proud to be bringing home these federal dollars,” said Craig.

The resources will complete an approximate 2.4-mile gap of trail along the 27-mile Mississippi River Greenway. The project will also include safety improvements at road and rail crossings, wayfinding, and natural resource restoration.

RAISE grants can be used by communities across the country for a wide variety of projects with significant local or regional impact. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which Klobuchar, Smith, and Craig supported and was signed into law in 2021, delivered a 50 percent increase in the amount of available funding for the RAISE grants, as well as resources for improving the state’s roads, bridges, public transportation, and water infrastructure.