Downtown Pavement & Sidewalk Improvement Project - Phase II

Project Updates

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Sidewalk Work

Sidewalk replacement work is ongoing and will be completed by the end of September. For specific locations of sidewalk work, please see the project area map. For more information about the project, visit stpaul.gov/downtownsidewalks.

Mill and Overlay

The mill and overlay (removing the current pavement and installing new asphalt) will begin in late September or early October. Streets that will have a mill and overlay are shown on the project area map with tentative scheduled sequences for milling and paving work.

Please share the following information with your tenants, businesses, customers/clients, and visitors:

  • The mill and overlay phase may have one or more project areas on streets where active work is occurring.
  • For safety, quality, and efficiency reasons, there will be lane restrictions and full road closures during the operations. Closure timing and locations will vary, but we plan to keep streets closed no more than one day at a time. 
  • Crews will try to maintain intermittent access to parking lots, driveways, alleys, and ramps. However, please communicate with your tenants, customers, and visitors that there WILL BE temporary access restrictions when operations are occurring on your street. We cannot alter or suspend operations, routes, or timing to accommodate access requests.
  • Estimated wait times for access could range from 15 to 60-minutes during the milling process and 30 to 75-minutes for the repaving and striping process. To protect the new roadway, traffic may require redirection to allow for temporary routes when entering or exiting a property. 
  • “No Parking” signs or hooded parking meters will be installed at least 24-hours prior to project start. Cars that are not moved or are illegally parked will be ticketed and towed.
  • Most work will occur during business hours. However, there may be work done on weekends if necessary to keep with the project’s schedule or facilitate traffic patterns.

Capital City Bikeway

As part of the mill and overlay, the next section of the Capital City Bikeway will be implemented on 10th Street from Dorothy Day Place to Jackson Street and on 9th Street from Jackson Street to Broadway Street.

The bikeway will be a two-way bikeway on the south side of 10th Street from Dorothy Day Place to Jackson Street and one-way bikeways on both sides of 9th Street from Jackson Street to Broadway Street. The detailed map of the bikeway is at stpaul.gov/ccbinterimstudy.

Addition of the bikeway on 9th Street and 10th Street will include the following changes to the roads:

  • 10th Street between Cedar Street and Jackson Street will become a one-way road with westbound traffic only and the new bikeway.
  • Traffic signs will be changed and added with the addition of the bikeway and the modification of 10th Street to a one-way between Cedar Street and Jackson Street.
  • Existing on-street parking (and meters) will be removed on both sides of 10th Street from St. Peter Street to Cedar Street, the south side of 10th Street from Cedar Street to Jackson Street and the south side of 9th Street. Parking will remain on the north side of 10th Street between Cedar Street and Jackson Street.
  • Concrete median buffers will be constructed along portions of 10th Street to separate the bikeway from the roadway. Access to driveways will be maintained.
  • The mill and overlay will improve the roadway surface and new striping will indicate the added bikeway and roadway changes.

Timeline for implementation of the bikeway on 9th Street and 10th Street:

  • Parking removals and striping will start in September as early as next week (September 8) on 9th Street between Jackson Street and Broadway Street.
  • Parking removals on 10th Street will be done in the later half of September before the mill and overlay.
  • Striping on 10th Street will be completed with the mill and overlay in late September or early October.
  • Signs will be changed in conjunction with other work on the roadway section.
  • The concrete median will be constructed by the end of November after all other work is completed.

Downtown Saint Paul plays an important role in our city’s economic vitality. With all it has to offer, downtown Saint Paul is recognized as a great place to live, work, and visit for fun and entertainment. We are investing in our downtown. In the coming months, the City of Saint Paul will launch the second year of a three-year paving program to improve the condition of our downtown streets and sidewalks. 

In 2018, Saint Paul Public Works conducted an assessment of the condition of all sidewalks in downtown Saint Paul and identified locations where sidewalk areas/panels are in need of removal and replacement. Saint Paul Public Works will be working with property owners who have sidewalk panels that need to be replaced as a part of this project. 

Saint Paul Public Works is working closely with property owners, business leaders, and residents through Saint Paul BOMA (Building Owners and Management Association), CapitolRiver Council, and the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. We are also coordinating construction efforts with Saint Paul's Sewer Utility Division, Saint Paul Regional Water Services, and a variety of outside companies and agencies including Xcel Energy, District Energy, and telecommunication companies, to complete any additional work including relocation of utility facilities prior to finishing all concrete and paving efforts. 

As part of the project the city will:

  • Perform a mill and overlay of downtown streets (removing the current pavement and installing new asphalt);
  • Replace sidewalks and curbs that are broken or in disrepair;
  • Construct ADA-compliant curb ramps at intersections to improve pedestrian safety;
  • Make additional pedestrian safety improvements at identified intersections; and
  • Replace trees as space allows.

On Monday, March 2, 2020 Saint Paul Public Works held two community meetings, where they answered questions and provided a broad overview of the project, including the scope of the work, approximate timelines, and a block-by-block map outlining the work to be done on sidewalks. All maps and materials from these meetings are provided on this webpage.

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Capital City Bikeway - Interim Design Study

For more information about the Capital City Bikeway (CCB) Interim Design Study and the upcoming project work on 9th and 10th Streets, as well as the proposed CCB on either St. Peter Street or Wabasha Street, please visit stpaul.gov/ccbinterimstudy.