Since 1996, neighborhoods across Saint Paul have been improved by a street reconstruction program known as Saint Paul Streets.
Each year, the city improves 10-to-15-miles of unpaved and outdated streets. Visible improvements typically include bituminous pavement, boulevard trees, concrete curb and gutters, concrete driveway aprons and outwalks, lantern-style lighting, public art, and sodded boulevards.
Public and private utilities also work to update their facilities, typically including the following:
- Public Works Sewer Division: Replaces sanitary sewers
- Saint Paul Regional Water Services: Replaces lead connections and watermains
- Stormwater management: Incorporates into the street infrastructure
- Xcel Energy: Upgrades their gas facilities
When utility work is done as part of the street reconstruction process, it reduces long-term construction costs and disruptions for residents.