The City of Saint Paul plans to reconstruct Grand Avenue from Fairview Avenue to Snelling Avenue in 2024 and 2025. This project will be completed in two phases to maintain access to businesses and properties.

In 2024, Phase 1 will reconstruct Grand Avenue from Fairview Avenue (including the intersection) to Cambridge Street. In 2025, Phase 2 will reconstruct Grand Avenue from Cambridge Street to Snelling Avenue, including the Snelling Avenue intersection in coordination with MnDOT.

The project includes replacement of the pavement, sidewalks, and underground utilities along the corridor. This is the first full reconstruction of this section of Grand Avenue in many decades and presents an opportunity to refresh the historic street to better accommodate all modes of travel to and along the corridor. 

The Public Works goals of the project are to: 

  • Improve safety along the corridor, with an emphasis on pedestrian crossing safety
  • Upgrade and modernize ageing infrastructure
  • Improve built environment to better serve Grand Avenue businesses
  • Improve transit user experience
  • Balance mode share to encourage non-automotive trips along and to the corridor
  • Improve pedestrian crossing interactions/placemaking through Macalester College campus

Grand Avenue from Fairview Avenue to Snelling Avenue


  • Community engagement started in 2022 and was completed in early 2023
  • Construction of Phase 1 from Fairview Avenue to Cambridge Street will be in 2024
  • Construction of Phase 2 from Cambridge Street to Snelling Avenue will be in 2025

    Utility & Other Nearby Construction Work

    • Marshall Avenue is closed to traffic between Fry Street and Snelling Avenue. This is for sewer and water work related to a private construction project.
    • Snelling Avenue is closed in both directions between Montreal Avenue and Ford Parkway. For more information, including detours and other upcoming work, see the MnDOT Snelling Avenue Construction webpage.
    • Saint Paul Regional Water Services (SPRWS) is doing lead water service line work on Grand Avenue.

    Construction Phases

    Public Works will be reconstructing Grand Avenue between Fairview Avenue and Snelling Avenue in 2024 and 2025. 

    • 2024 - Phase 1: Fairview Avenue (including the intersection) to Cambridge Street

    • 2025 - Phase 2: Cambridge Street to Snelling Avenue, including the Snelling Avenue intersection in coordination with MnDOT

    Prior to the start of the reconstruction work on Phase 1, there will be construction activity, including tree removal and utility work.

    Map of reconstruction of Grand Avenue in phase 1 from Fairview to Cambridge in 2024 and phase 2 from Cambridge to Snelling in 2025

    Learn More: Video Presentation

    Learn more about the project, by viewing a short video presentation

    You can also view the PowerPoint slides that were used in the presentation and see a one-page handout about the project.

    Video Presentation

    Action Steps for Businesses & Property Owners

    • Sign up for email updates at the bottom of this webpage
    • Provide the best contact person and information for your business or organization using the button below
    • Notify Public Works if you have any items in the public right of way, such as sprinklers, benches, etc.
    • Notify Public Works if you have areaways or vaults (areas that extend from the basement of your building under the sidewalk)
    • Look for additional mailings about replacement about your private sewer and water service lines
    Business & Organization Sign Up

    Public Works will use this information to reach out to your business or organization about construction.

    Investing in Saint Paul Streets: Common Cent 

    A portion of this street reconstruction project will be paid for by a 1% local option sales tax, called Common Cent. This sales tax was approved by Saint Paul voters in November 2023. A portion of the project will also be funded through assessments to property owners adjacent to the project. The estimated assessment rate is based on a third-party special benefit analysis of the property values in the project area. Property owners will receive a notice of the estimated rate and date for a public hearing when estimated rates are available. More information on assessments can be found at


    Project Documents

    Other Construction Projects in the Area

    • Hidden River Middle School – summer 2024 to fall 2025
    • Snelling Avenue (MnDOT)
      • Grand Avenue to St Clair Avenue – mid-July through August 2024
      • Montreal Avenue to Ford Parkway – spring through summer 2024
    • Macalester College – 2026