Community members invited to join Mayor Carter to bike and walk the new Ayd Mill Road trail on Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
SAINT PAUL, MN (Nov. 5, 2020) – Beginning Saturday, November 7 at 7 a.m., Ayd Mill Road will reopen to vehicle traffic from Interstate 35E to Selby Avenue and a new off-street pedestrian and bike trail along the corridor will also be open. The 1.5 mile stretch of road was closed on August 1 to implement a new 3-lane street design with two southbound vehicle lanes, one northbound vehicle lane and the creation of a new shared pedestrian and bicycle trail along the eastside of Ayd Mill Road.
In addition to the improvements on Ayd Mill Road and installation of the new bike and pedestrian infrastructure, Saint Paul Public Works determined that the new, lower speed limit on Ayd Mill Road is 35 mph. The change in speed limit is due to the modified design and use of the roadway, and takes into account user safety, roadway access, roadway design, and adjacent land use.
To celebrate the reopening of Ayd Mill Road and the new bike and pedestrian trail, Mayor Carter invites community members to join him Saturday morning, November 7, for a socially distant bike ride or walk along the new Ayd Mill Road trail, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. The Mayor will gather socially distant with community members at the Eleanor Graham Community Garden (located at Ashland Avenue and Hamline Avenue) at 9 a.m. for brief welcome remarks. Public health guidance including masks and social distancing will be observed.
“Ayd Mill Road has challenged our city for over a generation,” said Mayor Carter. “Reimagining this critical route as a complete street we can all use and enjoy demonstrates our community's commitment to our residents and our planet alike.”
ABOUT THE AYD MILL ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
The Ayd Mill Road Improvement Project implemented a new 3-lane street design with two southbound vehicle lanes, one northbound vehicle lane and the creation of a new shared pedestrian and bicycle trail along the eastside of Ayd Mill Road. Other construction work included:
- An entire mill and overlay (new asphalt), and striping
- Storm sewer work and repairs to improve drainage
- Permanent traffic signals
- Additional street lighting
For more information about this project, visit: www.stpaul.gov/aydmillroad
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Lisa Hiebert, APR