White Bear Ave. Reconstruction
White Bear Avenue closed between Minnehaha Avenue to south of I-94 bridge
Motorists are encouraged to allow for extra time between May 12 and early June due to road and ramp closures along I-94 and White Bear Avenue in Saint Paul. The closure of White Bear Avenue from Old Hudson Road to Minnehaha Avenue is extended to the southern end of the I-94 bridge. Detours are posted. Access to local businesses and neighborhoods in the work zone will be maintained throughout the closures, but may be impacted by detours.
To access northbound White Bear Avenue from I-94: westbound motorists along I-94 should take Century Avenue/120 along Old Hudson Road to McKnight Road to Minnehaha Avenue to White Bear Avenue. Eastbound I-94 and local motorists should take McKnight Road to Minnehaha Avenue to White Bear Avenue.
To access southbound White Bear Avenue from I-94: westbound motorists along I-94 should take Century Avenue/120 along Old Hudson Road to Ruth Street and follow Suburban Avenue west to White Bear Avenue. The White Bear Avenue ramp will remain open for eastbound motorists.
MnDOT is performing road work along the I-94 corridor between Maplewood and East Saint Paul. This work includes ramp closures and lane restrictions.
Metro Transit bus routes 63 and 80 will be affected. Transit customers are encouraged to sign up for Rider Alerts from Metro Transit.
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.
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.