SARTELL -- With plans for a new high school underway in Sartell, city officials are looking how to improve transportation along Pinecone Road.

The city is considering applying for a grant that would help extend the biking/walking trail along Pinecone Road to the site of the new high school.

Sartell-St. Stephen Superintendent Jeff Schwiebert says when he heard about the idea, he quickly voiced his support.

"I think it's a phenomenal idea and it's something we really needed. If there is some resources we can tap to help get the community get that in place we are in favor of it," says Schwiebert.

The extension would stretch from 15th Street to 35th Street in Northern Sartell. Schwiebert says the extension would give the potential 2,000 students and the community more safe alternatives to attend school activities.

"It's a great opportunity to provide a trail to get kids connected to those buildings, and it gives them an opportunity to ride bikes, walk and get to activities outside of just school," says Schwiebert.

The city council will look to approve the district's letter of support for the trail extension during Monday's meeting.

Construction on the new high school is expected to begin in the Spring.

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