Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 212

Granite Falls Overlook

This project is complete

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

photo of Granite Falls overlook plaza after restoration

Repair and preservation work took 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.

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 photos of completed work

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

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

A view of the historic overlook facing Hwy 23

New interpretive sign

Interior wall in Memorial Park

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.