Downtown Paving and Sidewalk Improvement Project - Phase I

This Week's Project Update

Friday, October 18, 2019

Phase I of the Downtown Paving  and Sidewalk Improvement Project  is now complete. Thanks for your patience and cooperation as we completed this work.


Downtown Saint Paul plays an important role in our city’s economic vitality. The City of Saint Paul is investing in our downtown. Beginning in May (weather permitting), Saint Paul Public Works is launching a multi-year project to improve the condition of 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 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 project 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:

  • Execute a mill and overlay of most downtown city-owned streets by grinding off the pavement surface and replacing it with new asphalt,
  • Remove and replace sidewalks and curbs that are broken or in disrepair,
  • Construct ADA-compliant curb ramps at intersections,
  • Make pedestrian safety improvements at identified intersections, and
  • Identify and address areaways and vaults located under the sidewalk.

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Sidewalk repair work began the week of May 20:

  • Sidewalk work stages are spread throughout Lowertown to minimize the impact to pedestrian traffic.
  • City contractors are permitted to do work between 7:00 a.m. -  7:00 p.m., but will do the majority of construction work between 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. to avoid impact to peak-hour traffic.  As of now, no weekend work is planned, but that may change depending on the construction schedule.
  • Typically, sidewalk removal and replacement takes 5-days.
  • Parking restrictions will be posted at least 24-hours in advance of the work.

Other important project updates:

  • Xcel Energy continues to do needed utility work in the Lowertown area, please follow all posted lane restriction signs.
  • For property owners that have sidewalk repair work, the work will be done by the city’s contractor.

Important 2019 dates:

  • April 15 - Last day for building owners to notify the city that they will be using their own contractor for sidewalk work.
  • Mid May - City will start sidewalk work, weather permitting. It is anticipated that the city will first start sidewalk work around Mears Park.
  • May 31 - Building owners must have all projects completed that require any right-of-way permits. 
  • August 1 - All sidewalk work contracted by building owners must be completed.