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2017 road projects announced

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners has approved more than 30 proposed construction and maintenance projects for the upcoming 2017 season. Ramsey County Public Works will be leading or participating in these projects that will improve travel and commerce throughout communities in the east metro.

A project listing and details may be found at www.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 e-mail updates on projects are also available online.

Major construction projects include:

  • White Bear Avenue (County Road 65) between I-94 and Beech Street in Saint Paul. This project was initiated in 2016 and will be completed this year.
  • Rebuilding the intersection at County Road I, Rice Creek Parkway and Old Highway 8 in Arden Hills and Mounds View. The project will improve access to the Rice Creek Commons development site.
  • Traffic signal and lane configurations at several locations.

Public Works will resurface about 15 miles of county roads as part of its 2017 maintenance program, with projects in nearly every Ramsey County community — from Gem Lake to Saint Paul. These projects typically include curb and crossing improvements for pedestrians.

Of the $7.4 million in resurfacing projects scheduled this season, $3.8 million was raised by a $10 per vehicle wheelage tax approved in 2013 to fund maintenance of Ramsey County roads. Wheelage tax revenues have allowed Public Works to keep pace with what had been a growing backlog of road segments in pressing need of repair. Nearly 15 percent of county roads throughout Ramsey County have been resurfaced in the past three years. 

More than 40 percent of all vehicle miles traveled in Minnesota are on roads maintained by counties. Ramsey County's system includes nearly 300 miles of county roads, more than 90 bridges, 365 signal systems, sidewalks, tens of thousands of signs, more than 12,000 drainage structures, and related infrastructure.

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 5:26 p.m.