Community members interested in crossing near South Robert Trail and Highway 3 now have a safer alternative of using the new pedestrian underpass.
The underpass is below Highway 3 near the Rosemount
Community Center. It provides
the safest crossing of the highway between Connemara Trail and 145th Street
West, an area that includes the high school, middle school, and Rosemount
Elementary, according to a news release from city of Rosemount.
The Rosemount Youth Commission will host a formal ribbon
cutting Oct. 23 of a pedestrian underpass that “will support the safety of
students and others when crossing a busy stretch of South Robert Trail/Highway
3,” according to a news release from city of Rosemount.
The ribbon cutting will be 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 23.
Attendees are encouraged to park in the Community
Center parking lot and walk south on the trail to the underpass opening on
the west side of Highway 3. Representatives from the city, Rosemount
Middle School and Rosemount
High School will join the event.
Construction crews worked in July and August to build the
structure, which includes sections of precast concrete 14 feet wide and ten
feet high. The highway was closed
for a weekend in early August to allow excavation of the road and placement of
The underpass project cost approximately $900,000, paid out
of Municipal State Aid funds. Planning
began almost ten years ago, as traffic in the area increased and the GlenRose
residential development grew on the east side of the highway.
Along with providing safe routes for current pedestrians,
the underpass is part of a larger regional plan for the area eventually to
develop a trail system from Lebanon Hills Regional Park to Downtown Rosemount
and then east to the Mississippi River.