White Bear Ave. Reconstruction

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Ramsey County, in cooperation with the city of Saint Paul, will reconstruct White Bear Avenue from I-94 to Beech Street to replace the deteriorating roadway section. 

The street reconstruction will include installing new concrete curb and gutter, bituminous pavement and water main. A two-foot gutter will be added to outside lanes for storm water drainage and drive lanes will be widened by 1/2-foot. Storm sewer drains and sanitary sewer will be repaired or replaced. Lantern-style street lighting and new sidewalks with upgraded pedestrian curb ramps will be added. The signal system at the intersection of Old Hudson will be replaced. An accessible pedestrian signal will be added to the existing signal system at the 3rd Street intersection.

A new HAWK system will be installed at the intersection of Margaret Street across White Bear Avenue. HAWK is a high-intensity activated crosswalk system which uses special hybrid beacons to warn and control traffic at intersections with no signal. This system is designed to increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists crossing a street within a marked crosswalk.   

Existing driveway aprons will be replaced with concrete. Boulevard trees will be removed and replanted and new sod will be placed. 

Land surveying crews will be working in the project area during and immediately after construction.

Detours

White Bear Avenue between Old Hudson Road and Minnehaha Avenue along Old Hudson Road, McKnight Road and Minnehaha Avenue.

View detours and project on interactive map

Other Impacts

MnDOT is performing road work along the I-94 corridor between Maplewood and East Saint Paul. This work includes ramp closures and lane restrictions. Motorists on the east side of Ramsey County traveling on I-94 will notice that MnDOT is using innovative technology called a "movable barrier" to help reduce congestion and delays during road work on I-94 between Saint Paul and Maplewood. The moveable barrier adds a lane when and where it’s most needed to keep traffic moving during peak traveling hours. Watch the short video to learn more about the moveable barrier.

Metro Transit bus routes 63 and 80 will be affected. Transit customers are encouraged to sign up for Rider Alerts from Metro Transit

Timeline

Phase II construction and utility work is underway south of Conway Street. Installation of the HAWK system, pedestrian ramps at the intersection of Margaret Avenue and White Bear Avenue, final lift of pavement and final road striping will occur north of Conway Street. The project will continue into fall 2017.  

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