Johnson Parkway Regional 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 Planned?

  • Saint Paul Public Works, in coordination with Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation and Ramsey County, will construct an off-street walking and biking trail along Johnson Parkway
  • The trail will be constructed along the eastern boulevard of Johnson Parkway between Burns Avenue and Phalen Boulevard


  • The project will improve the safety and comfort of walking and biking in the area
  • It will also complete a key segment of the Saint Paul Grand Round, a 27-mile scenic parkway that connects parks and neighborhoods across Saint Paul

Project Updates

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Project Updates


Traffic Impacts

  • Expect to see intermittent closures of the parkway and cross streets this year

Construction starts Monday, August 3

  • Eurkea Construction has been awarded the project contract
  • Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, August 3, focusing between 3rd Street and 7th Avenue
  • The contractor will start removals of curb and gutter, street pavement at the cross streets, and stumps and grass within the median
  • Construction of a retaining wall north of Ames Avenue will also begin Monday, August 3
         - The contractor will start by installing temporary shoring to help protect the installation of the retaining

What to expect next

  • Construction staking is being placed
         - Please do not disturb the stakes
  • The following intersections will be closed for construction of the trails (streets with an asterisk will be permanently closed):
         - Fremont Street*
         - 4h Street
         - 5th Street*
         - Beech Street
         - Reaney Avenue*
         - Bush Avenue
  • The parkway will remain open during this phase of construction

Project tasks

  • Construction of the trail on the east side of the parkway 
  • Retaining walls under the I-94 bridge
  • Stormwater work
  • New curb and gutter
  • New sidewalk and pedestrian ramps
  • Signal improvements
  • Roadway paving
  • Lighting
  • Signage/striping
  • New trees
  • Turf replacement