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Granite Falls Pedestrian Bridge Grant Application Ranked First at State Level

by Dawn Hegland on January 13th, 2012

UMVRDC staff Kristi Fernholz and Lindsey Knutson recently wrote a grant for the City of Granite Falls to receive funding for the rehabilitation of the Granite Falls Pedestrian Bridge from the National Scenic Byways Program, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Before National Scenic Byway grant applications are reviewed by the Federal Highway Administration, they are first prioritized at the state level by the Minnesota Byway Commission.


This year, there were eleven applications submitted for competitive, merit-based funding from the National Scenic Byways Program. Among the eleven applications submitted from areas throughout the State of Minnesota, including byways such as the Great River Road and the North Shore, the Minnesota River Valley’s Granite Falls Pedestrian Bridge application ranked number one! With such a strong state ranking, UMVRDC staff and the City of Granite Falls are hopeful that the Pedestrian Bridge Rehabilitation Project will receive National Scenic Byway Funds from the FHWA.


If your community would like grant writing assistance, or to learn about available grant opportunities, contact the UMVRDC today! Call 320-289-1981 ext. 8 and ask to be connected to an available planner.


A view of the Granite Falls Pedestrian Bridge from downtown, looking east toward the park.


A view from the Granite Falls Pedestrian Bridge facing downtown.

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