Front Avenue between Western Avenue and Rice Street will be resurfaced through a process called “mill and overlay” to create a smoother roadway surface for people driving and riding bikes. Crews will grind-off the top layer of the roadway, then replace it with a new layer of bituminous pavement.

After the mill and overlay, Public Works is planning to restripe the street with on-street bike lanes. These are consistent with the adopted 2015 Saint Paul Bicycle Plan. Bike lanes improve safety and riding comfort for bicyclists to encourage increased cycling to meet broader city goals outlined in the adopted 2040 Comprehensive Plan. To provide the needed space for safe bike lanes, Public Works is considering removing on-street parking along the south side of Front Avenue. 

Front Avenue between Western Avenue and Rice Street


Project engagement and layout design will run through winter of 2023.

Project construction will take place between August 2023 to September 2023


    Project Updates

    Virtual Open House

    Public Works would like to thank those who attended the open house. Staff hosted the virtual open house to present the project to the public and solicit feedback on the proposed changes to Front Avenue. 

    If you could not attend the open house, the presentation was recorded and can be found here.

    Additionally, the presentation slides will be found below. If you would like to comment on the proposal, please reach out to Public Works staff with any questions or comments, contact information can be found at the bottom of this page.