Description
The City of Saint Paul plans to reconstruct Minnesota Street in downtown. The project includes demolition and replacement of the pavement, sidewalks, and underground utilities along the corridor. The Public Works goals of the project are to: 

  • Improve safety for all users
  • Implement a bikeway connection
  • Improve the transit user experience downtown
  • Modernize the aging infrastructure
  • Create a resilient and people-oriented corridor
  • Support the evolving needs of downtown users

Location
Minnesota Street from Kellogg Boulevard to 11th Street in downtown. 

Timeline 
Community engagement began in early 2021. Construction for Phase1 from Kellogg Boulevard to 6th Street will begin in 2023. Phase 2 construction, which is Minnesota Street from 6th Street to 11th Street, will begin in 2024. 

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    Proposed Concept Design

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the concept design process for the Minnesota Street Reconstruction Project. Over the past year, staff has collected hundreds of survey responses, conducted dozens of formal and informal stakeholder meetings, and initiated engineering and utility design on the corridor. You can read summaries of all the feedback in the Project Updates section below.

    Here are the key themes that we have heard over 15 months of conversations:

    • Street trees & pedestrian buffers are a top priority
    • A protected bicycle facility is necessary to safely accommodate current and future users, including emerging modes of transportation
    • Two travel lanes are necessary to enable efficient commutes into and out of downtown
    • A parking or loading zone is necessary on every block to maintain local building access and flexibility in the long term

    Concept Design Images

    With these key themes in mind, the proposed concept for Minnesota Street includes sidewalks on both sides of the street, a boulevard/buffer space that is wide enough for street trees on one side, a two-way bike facility, a parking or loading zone lane, and two drive lanes. 

    Proposed MN Street Concept (Summer 2022)
     

    Click here for a larger image of the cross-section

    Review a PDF Layout of the whole corridor *updated July 22, 2022*

    This concept is a hybrid version of all the options presented in Fall 2021. It was developed as a result of public and stakeholder feedback. The concept will change slightly on each block in order to respond to adjacent property owner needs.

    Next steps

    This concept will be presented to the City of Saint Paul Transportation Committee on July 11, 2022 for final approval and the start of the final design phase of work.   

    Unanimous approval was received and therefore final design will occur throughout 2022 and will include:

    • Internal and external engineering review
    • Intersection design
    • Utility design
    • Design of the streetscape and pedestrian areas 
    • Construction phasing and coordination 

    Upcoming milestones:

    • July 11, 2022 - Present to Transportation Committee - Unanimous approval received
    • Rest of 2022 - Final design 
    • Fall/Winter 2022 - Public hearing when the design has been finalized

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    We appreciate your feedback and input into this process. If you have any other ideas or questions, please reach out to the project team.

    Project Updates