Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 212

Granite Falls Overlook

Project summary

Preservation project for the historic overlook at Hwy 212 in Granite Falls

photo of Granite Falls overlook plaza before restoration

Repair and preservation work will take place on the west side of the Minnesota River, south of the US 212 river bridge. The overlook was constructed in 1938 by the Minnesota Department of Highways staff and federal relief program workers and is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Place. The photo above shows the overlook prior to restoration work.

Traffic impacts

  • The sidewalk under the US 212 bridge is closed during repair work.
  • Pedestrians can access the north side of the park using the temporary pedestrian access route which uses the US 212/Hwy 23 crosswalk.
  • Public parking in Memorial Park will remain open during repointing work.

Preservation work

  • Repoint the stone overlook (replace deteriorated mortar between the stones)
  • Restore benches
  • Repair walkways
  • Replace the gravel plaza surface with concrete and repointed stone curb
  • Plant new trees
  • Add interpretation
  • Repoint the south wing wall at the entrance to Granite Falls Memorial Park on Hwy 67; this part of the entry structure is on MnDOT right of way.

Project update

Friday, August 6, 2021

  • Overlook repointing work completed and washed.
  • The overlook plaza area has been completed and now has a new concrete surface.
  • The approach walk from the bridge to the overlook has been poured and the landings at the north stair have also been completed.
  • The Memorial Park wall repointing and washing has been completed.
  • Remaining work: repair concrete cap for Memorial Park wall, finish setting the stair railing posts, fabrication of new railing, interpretive sign, tree planting.

An overview of the new concrete plaza with the river in the background and path leading from either side.

Overlook with new concrete plaza.

An overview of the bridge, Minnesota River, sidewalk and plaza.

Overlook plaza and new north approach walk from bridge.

Stairs with railing installed on one side but awaiting railing on the other.

Installation of the north stair railing posts.

Railing posts being installed on the south stairs

Installation of the south stair railing posts.

Supports for a stone bench in the plaza area

Stone bench supports installed in the plaza area.

Interior wall in Memorial Park

Memorial Park Wall - interior section of wall.

Historic roadside properties in MN

Americans with Disabilities Act

Accessibility and state highway projects

All MnDOT projects--both new construction and rehabilitation projects-- must include an evaluation to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

This project does not include any ADA accommodations.