Road Construction Projects Will Soon Be Upon Us!
The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners has approved more than 20 proposed construction and maintenance projects for the upcoming 2018 season. Ramsey County Public Works will lead or participate in projects that will improve travel and commerce throughout communities in the east metro.
A project list and details may be found at ramseycounty.us/roadwork. Most projects will begin in the summer. Updates will be provided online and via an interactive map as construction season progresses — including detours and timelines. Subscriptions for email updates on projects are also available.
Major projects include:
- Resurfacing Lexington Parkway between James and University avenues in Saint Paul and between East Como Boulevard and Highway 36 in Saint Paul and Roseville.
- Resurfacing County Road E between Centerville Road and Highway 61 in the communities of Vadnais Heights and Gem Lake.
- Resurfacing Maryland Avenue between Greenbriar Avenue and Johnson Parkway in Saint Paul.
- Construction of a new roadway east of I-35W within the Rice Creek Commons development site in Arden Hills.
- Adding six miles of bicycle lanes and mixed-use trails.
Public Works will resurface about 13 miles of county roads in 2018. These projects typically include crossing improvements for pedestrians. Wheelage tax revenues – a $20 charge collected with annual vehicle registration – allow Public Works to keep pace with what had been a growing backlog of road segments in pressing need of repair.
Lexington Parkway Resurfacing
The surface layer on Lexington Parkway between James and University avenues will be removed and replaced with new, smooth pavement in 2018. The work is expected to begin during the summer. Land surveying crews will be working in the project area before, during and immediately after construction. Signal replacements on Lexington Parkway at St. Clair, Concordia and St. Anthony avenues will also take place this summer.
The city of Saint Paul and Ramsey County will install a bike lane between James and St. Clair avenues in conjunction with this project.
New accessible ramps for pedestrians were installed in 2017.
Detours will be in place.
County Road E Resurfacing
The surface layer on County Road E between Centerville Road and Highway 61 will be removed and replaced with new, smooth pavement in 2018. The work is expected to begin during the summer. New accessible ramps for pedestrians will be installed. Land surveying crews will be working in the project area before, during and immediately after construction.
Detours will be in place.
Maryland Avenue Resurfacing
Test project: 4-to-3 lane conversion
Ramsey County temporarily changed the stripes on Maryland Avenue between Payne Avenue and Johnson Parkway to test impacts of converting from a 4-to-3 lane road for improved safety. This test project will remain in place over the winter and additional traffic-related data will be collected. Impacts evaluated will include traffic speed and volume, bus delays and pedestrian crossings. Maryland Avenue is open to traffic during the test project.
Medians at Greenbrier and Duluth streets were added and eliminate the ability to cross Maryland Avenue at these intersections. Left turns from Maryland Avenue to Greenbrier and Duluth streets are eliminated.
Maryland Avenue (County Road 31) will be resurfaced between Greenbrier Street and Johnson Parkway in Saint Paul to create smoother and safer driving in 2018.
A community meeting was held at Farnsworth Lower School on September 12. The meeting included a brief project review, a summary of the plan moving forward, information about what was learned during the test, what still needs to be studied and questions or comments from meeting attendees.
Information on this page from: https://www.ramseycounty.us/content/2018-road-projects-announced
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