Beginning June 15, the Mississippi River Boulevard from Ford Parkway to Marshall Avenue will no longer be able to be used for additional social distancing; pedestrians and bicyclists need to share the trail

SAINT PAUL, MN (June 8, 2020) - Beginning Monday, June 15 all barricades and cones will be removed from the southbound lane of Mississippi River Boulevard between Ford Parkway and Marshall Avenue in preparation for planned construction and repair projects along this section of the roadway. The temporary lane closure was put in place on April 22 to create additional outdoor space for pedestrians and bicyclists to social distance along the roadway. The temporary social distancing lane closure on the northern section of Mississippi River Boulevard will remain in place from Marshall Avenue to Emerald Street SE.

On June 17, Mississippi River Boulevard will be closed from Randolph Avenue to Marshall Avenue to complete scheduled water main work, along with several sidewalk and sewer repair projects in preparation for a mill and overlay in early September. This work on Mississippi River Boulevard is anticipated to be completed by August 7, 2020. The mill and overlay will be done in early September. 

During construction work, Mississippi River Boulevard from Randolph Avenue to Marshall Avenue will be closed to all through traffic, driveway access will be maintained for residents in the construction area as “local traffic only.” 

  • Pedestrians and bicyclists will need to share the trail space.
  • There will be a few places that the sidewalk work will impact the trail. Temporary alternate routes will be provided for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Portions of the on-street southbound bike lane will be closed in active construction areas from Marshall Avenue to Jefferson Avenue.

For more information about the Mississippi River Boulevard Improvements, a detailed map and project updates, please visit

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 Lisa Hiebert, APR


Last Edited: June 8, 2020