The water department will be replacing water main during a construction project planned to occur along Ford Parkway from Howell St. to Mississippi River Blvd.
The water main along the north side of Ford Parkway will be replaced using a method called pipe bursting, whereby new pipe is installed without the need for traditional excavation along the entire length. The project will begin between Kenneth St. and Howell St. and progress westerly toward Mississippi River Blvd.
Work will begin in mid-April 2017 and be complete by August 2017.
During construction traffic will be diverted around the work via lane shifts and lane reductions. Both eastbound and westbound traffic will be restricted to single lanes south of the median for much of the project. An alternate route around Ford Parkway will be provided for through traffic to relieve congestion.
Access to Businesses:
Some businesses on the north side of Ford may not be accessible to traffic traveling eastward on Ford Pkwy due to driving lane restrictions. Access will be maintained for westbound traffic and from side streets and alleys.
Water main replacement on the north side of Ford Parkway between Howell Street and Cleveland Avenue continues. Work in this section should be finished within two weeks, weather permitting.
Additional water main replacement work along Ford Parkway between Cleveland Avenue and Finn Street will begin on Monday, May 8. The work will take up to five weeks. During this time:
- Access to all businesses will be maintained
- Ford Parkway will be limited to one lane in each direction
- No parking will be available on the north side of Ford Parkway
- Sidewalks on the north side of Ford Parkway will be open
- Alternative driving routes will be in place along Cretin and Fairview avenues
The A-line bus station at Kenneth Street and Ford Parkway will reopen on Tuesday, May 9. Metro Transit offers Rider Alerts for changes in schedules and stops.
Water main replacement continues, road impacts identified
Construction crews from Saint Paul Regional Water Service are continuing to work between Cleveland Avenue and Finn Street. Water main replacement on Ford Parkway east of Cleveland Avenue is now complete.
Two additional segments of construction are scheduled to begin within the next week. On Thursday, June 1, work will begin on westbound Ford Parkway between Finn Street and Cretin Avenue. On Monday, June 5, work will begin on westbound Ford Parkway between Cretin Avenue and Mount Curve Boulevard.
The work between Finn Street and Mount Curve Boulevard is scheduled for approximately four weeks.
Business access: Access to businesses from the north side of Ford will be limited. Alternate access including alleys will be available.
Driving: One lane on Ford Parkway will remain open in each direction.
Parking: Parking will be available on the south side of Ford Parkway. There will be no parking on the north side.
Walking: Sidewalks on the north side of Ford Parkway will be open.
Bus stops: The A-line bus station at Finn Street and Ford Parkway will be closed. Metro Transit offers Rider Alerts for changes in schedules and stops.
Sanitary sewer work is complete
Saint Paul Public Works completed construction of 70 feet of sanitary sewer and two access covers. The work is designed to prevent sewer backups from occurring.
A high priority for this project is pedestrian safety – specifically, students walking and biking to school, pedestrians crossing at intersections and construction workers on the job sites. Patience and extra attention to safety are appreciated throughout the community improvements.
Water main replacement on Ford Pkwy. east of Cretin Ave. is complete.
On Monday, July 17, traffic and parking will be reopened on the north side of Ford Pkwy between Cretin Ave. and Finn St.
Work west of Cretin Ave. to Mt. Curve continues and is expected to be complete on the week of July 24.
Work will begin on the remaining segment of the project from Mt. Curve Blvd. to Mississippi River Blvd. on Monday, July 17. At that time, traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction and no parking will be allowed on the north side of the street.
Also beginning Monday, July 17, the A-line station at Finn will be reopened and the station at Woodlawn will be closed.
Expected completion: Mid-August