Summer, aka the season of rerouted and backed up traffic, is right around the corner. This year we are fortunate to see a huge amount of infrastructure investment across the ward with portions of Saint Clair Avenue, Randolph Avenue and Ford Parkway being reconstructed. I am thrilled that so many streets are being improved, but realize it will cause many headaches and long wait times. Again, please call my office with concerns or suggestions. We are always open to ideas and input.
St. Clair Avenue
St. Clair from Snelling to Victoria was originally planned for a mill and overlay this year, however in talks with Saint Paul Regional Water Services (SPRWS) the City found that there are lead services that need to be replaced. To maximize the work and minimize costs the City and SPRWS will be working together on a full reconstruction where those lead services are (about 1/3 of the project area), the rest of the project will remain a mill and overlay. We realize there will be significant traffic disruption with Randolph closed, but the City has planned it out so that the intersections of Lexington and Hamline are only closed for a couple of days. Also, to minimize disruption, the project won’t start until after Grand Old Day. As part of the Saint Paul Bike Plan that was passed last week an enhanced shared bike lane will be added on St. Clair from Hamline to Victoria. This will not require any parking removal or road expansion.
Ramsey County will complete Phase One of the Randolph Avenue Reconstruction from Brimhall to Syndicate this summer. The project will be divided into 3-block areas to minimize road closures and disruption to neighbors and businesses. This reconstruction will repair water mains, sanitary and storm sewers, and update curbs and sidewalks. New, lantern-style lighting will also be installed along the avenue to improve pedestrian safety.
Ramsey County is also reconstructing Ford Parkway from Howell Street to Snelling Avenue this summer. Based on feedback from the community and input from the City of Saint Paul, a road layout including seven-foot parking lanes, six-foot bike lanes, twelve-foot driving lanes and an eight-foot planted median was created. This lane configuration will increase the road width one foot on each side. The majority of existing boulevard trees will remain.
A-Line Bus Rapid Transit
Metro Transit will spend this summer constructing the 20 planned stops for the new A-Line Bus Rapid Transit Line that runs down Snelling Avenue from Rosedale Mall to Ford Parkway and ends at the 46th Street Station which connects to the Blue Line. In the Village you may have noticed a few spots where new sidewalks were not constructed- that is where the A-Line stops will be. The City has worked closely with Metro Transit to match materials and designs to the new sidewalks. The rest of the remaining stops along Ford Parkway will be constructed in tandem with the County’s reconstruction project. For updates on construction, sign up for the A-LineNewsletter.