Como Avenue Trail
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work with our staff, contractors, and suppliers to deliver proposed 2020 construction projects during the COVID-19 pandemic. Saint Paul Public Works continues to follow all federal and state health and safety guidelines to protect our staff, partners, and community.
- Projects are anticipated to move forward.
- Community meetings and input for public hearings will be held online or by phone rather than in-person.
- Construction work will continue to be evaluated and may require adjustments.
- Updates will be posted as they become available.
What is Proposed?
Saint Paul Public Works, in collaboration with Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation and Ramsey County, is planning to implement trail, sidewalk, and bikeway improvements along Como Avenue between Raymond Avenue and Hamline Avenue. Public Works is examining alternatives for improving walking and biking connections on Como Avenue with construction of the improvements beginning in spring 2020.
Improving the walking and biking facilities Como Avenue between Raymond Avenue and Hamline Avenue using a combination of trail, sidewalk, and bikeway improvements to make the street a safer and more comfortable place for people who walk and bike and to complete a key segment of the Saint Paul Grand Round, a 27-mile scenic parkways connecting parks and neighborhoods across Saint Paul.
May 2020 - Phase II Proposal
- Due to complexities experienced during project development and design, Saint Paul Public Works is now proposing the project be staged in two phases over the next two years.
- If the 2020 State Fair is canceled, Public Works will work with the contractor to see if the project can be started in July and completed in one year.
- The current timeline, subject to change, is:
- Phase I: Cleveland Avenue to Snelling Avenue will begin construction in September through
- Phase II: Snelling Avenue to Hamline Avenue is scheduled to begin April 2021.
* If your property is in the Phase II project area and you have elected to have your private sewer
and water utilities repaired, this project work will be done in 2021.
* Property owners will not be billed until work has been completed.
April 2020 - The project design has been completed and the project will be out for bid in May.
- Tree removals will take place in the coming weeks.
- Major construction will start on the segment of Cleveland Avenue and Snelling Avenue after the State Fair has ended.
- Construction on the segment between Snelling Avenue and Hamline Avenue has now been delayed to spring 2021(including utility work).
July 2019 - An Open House was held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 4:30-6:30 at the Como Streetcar Station (1224 Lexington Parkway). The purpose of the Open House was to present the recommended layout to the community and request feedback on the design. The recommended design includes:
- Trail on the north side of Como Avenue
- Narrowing Como Avenue
- Maintaining existing parking on both sides of the street between Snelling Avenue and Hamline Avenue
- Open House 6.18 documents
- Draft Recommended Layout (subject to change)
January 2019 - An Open House was held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 4:30-6:30 at the Como Streetcar Station (1224 Lexington Parkway). The purpose of the Open House was to share information about the Saint Paul Grand Round, and to share design alternatives under consideration. Concept layouts were presented for the project area, broken up into three geographic segments.
- Segment 1 (Raymond Avenue to Canfield Street) - There is only one alternative under consideration in this segment. This alternative does not have any impacts to on-street parking or the existing in-street bike lanes. The existing sidewalk along the north side of Como Avenue is removed and replaced with a 10'-12' shared use trail.
- Segment 2 (Canfield Street to Snelling Avenue) - Three alternatives are under consideration in this segment.
- Alternative 1 - Como Avenue is narrowed from 58' to 48' wide by moving the north curbline to the south. Both a sidewalk and trail are constructed along the north side of the street.
- Alternative 2 - Como Avenue is narrowed from 58' to 48' wide by moving the north curbline to the south. A 12' shared use trail is constructed along the north side of the street.
- Alternative 3 - Como Avenue remains 58' wide as it is today. A 12' shared used trail is constructed along the north side of the street.
- All Alternatives are also considering some revisions to how Como Avenue is striped and how many traffic lanes are provided. There are currently 4 travel lanes (two in each direction). The project will consider revising this to provide 2 or 3 travel lanes instead. Often called a "4-to-3 lane conversion", this traffic management strategy typically results in slower traffic speeds, fewer crashes, easier left-turns, and. A traffic study is underway to determine the traffic operations and safety implications of lane reduction. The project is also carefully considering the implications of a lane reduction strategy during the State Fair, including options that allow the street to be easily converted back to 4 lanes during the State Fair if needed.
- Segment 3 (Snelling Avenue to Hamline Avenue) - Two alternatives are under consideration in this segment. Both alternatives include narrowing Como Avenue in an effort to avoid impacts to boulevard trees.
- Alternative 1 - Como Avenue is narrowed from 50' to 38' wide by moving the north curbline to the south. There are no impacts to on-street parking. The existing in-street bike lanes are removed. A 10' trail is constructed on the north side of the street.
- Alternative 2 - Como Avenue is narrowed from 50' to 42' wide by moving the north curbline to the south. On-street parking is removed from the north side of the street. There are no impacts to the existing in-street bike lanes. A 10' trail is constructed on the north side of the street.
The project team has also completed an evaluation of on-street parking usage within the project area, to better inform decisions about how well-utilized the parking is within the project area, as well as to understand parking utilization in nearby parking lots and adjacent streets.
December 2018 - project is in the design phase. Staff are working to gather information on the corridor and preparing preliminary project materials. Check back for more information on ways to provide your feedback soon.