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Complete Streets Plan
Anton Jerve
Senior City Planner

25 West 4th Street, Suite 1300
Saint Paul, MN  55102

Ph: (651) 266-6567

The City was awarded a TIGER II planning grant from the US Department of Transportation (US DOT) to develop a Complete Streets Plan that focuses on creating tools to implement the complete streets policies the City passed as part of the 2010 Comprehensive Plan. More information on these policies can be found here: 

City of Saint Paul Comprehensive Plan: Transportation Chapter
City of Saint Paul Complete Streets Resolution
State of Minnesota Complete Streets (external)

The Complete Streets Plan consists of the implementation tools outlined on this page.

Street Design Manual
The City of Saint Paul is currently developing a Street Design Manual to illustrate street design best practices and to implement adopted complete streets policies. Complete streets policies require that the needs of all street users, of all ages and abilities, be considered in the process of street design. This is the first Street Design Manual for the City and is intended to help streamline the City’s internal street design processes by developing a toolbox for street design and by providing a clear framework for street design processes. The draft Street Design Manual is available here for view.

Assessment Report
The assessment report will make recommendations based on a review of existing street design processes and multimodal gap analysis to be summarized in a report by City staff to the Transportation Committee.

Complete Streets Action Plan
The action plan will include the results of the pilot projects; recommendations to improve the street design process in Saint Paul. This report will help to refine the complete streets design process for the City, and will also be an educational tool that provides examples of the principles of balancing transportation modes as applied to specific streets to create complete street designs.

Past Events
The City held a workshop, on August 28, 2012, with the Transportation Committee of the Planning Commission, District Council staff, and a multidisciplinary team of City staff to guide the content and goals of the Street Design Manual.

draft outline and sample page were presented to the Transportation Committee of the Planning Commission on January 29, 2013.

Better Block on East 7th Street
A “Better Block” event was held on June 8, 2013 on East 7th Street between Margaret and Arcade Streets. The Better Block event builds on the “Make it Happen” initiatives of East 7th, and will illustrate the City of Saint Paul’s Street Design Manual by temporarily transforming an existing block into a “Complete Street”, with walkable and bikeable amenities and pop-up businesses.

Watch our summary
Better Block Video !

Pilot Projects
Several pilot street design workshops were completed in 2013 as part of the Street Design Manual project. Projects were selected from identified in completed citywide or neighborhood plans and studies. The workshops focused on a particular street, intersection, or area, and resulting in a preliminary design with prioritized street improvements. The goals of the pilot projects are to test the Street Design Manual in a workshop setting to create an opportunity to refine it before it is finalized, and to advance complete streets design in a variety of locations throughout the city.

The complete draft Street Design Manual was introduced to the Transportation Committee on July 14, 2014. The draft manual will continue to be edited until it is released for public comment and a public hearing date is set by Planning Commission.

Future Events

A public hearing will be held at the Saint Paul Planning Commission, the date has not been set.

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