Maryland Avenue 4-to-3-Lane Conversion Trial

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From August to November 2019, Ramsey County conducted a 4-to-3-lane conversion trial on Maryland Avenue between Arkwright Street and Payne Avenue. The purpose of the trial was to study the impacts of changing Maryland Avenue from a four-lane road to a three-lane road to improve safety for all users.

As part of the study, pavement markings and signs were temporarily changed, and an enhanced pedestrian crossing was added on Maryland Avenue at the Desoto Street intersection. During the three-lane conversion trial, the county evaluated traffic speed, traffic volume, pedestrian crossings and community feedback to understand the impacts the three-lane conversion had on people walking, biking and driving on Maryland Avenue.

Permanent conversion in 2020

As of December 2019, Ramsey County has decided Maryland Avenue will permanently become a three-lane road between Arkwright Street and Payne Avenue. Design modifications and installation of the permanent pavement markings and medians are expected to occur in the summer or fall of 2020. The temporary markings and signs will remain in place over the winter and spring.

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Trial summary

Data collection for the four-lane road layout was completed between May and July of 2019. Counters and cameras were used to gather traffic data along Maryland Avenue and several parallel side streets.

In late August 2019, county crews changed Maryland Avenue between Arkwright Street and Payne Avenue from a four-lane to three-lane road. From September to November 2019, the county observed traffic and pedestrian changes, collected data and gathered community feedback on the three-lane configuration.​

Traffic data collected during the trail will be available online in early January 2020.

Traffic impacts

The current three-lane road with one travel lane in each direction and a center left-turn lane will remain in place through spring 2020. The permanent design installed in 2020 will include the intersection restrictions that have been in place during the trail to accommodate the eastbound merge at Clark Street and the enhanced pedestrian crossing at Desoto Street.

Intersection restrictions

The lane reduction for eastbound Maryland Avenue will remain in place between Arkwright Street and Desoto Street. To minimize potential conflicts:

  • Left turns are not allowed to/from Maryland Avenue.
  • Northbound/southbound drivers on Clark Street are not able to cross over Maryland Avenue.

The enhanced pedestrian crossing with a median refuge will remain in place at the Maryland Avenue and Desoto Street intersection. To accommodate the enhanced pedestrian crossing at Desoto Street:

  • Left turns are not allowed to/from Maryland Avenue.
  • Northbound/southbound vehicles on Desoto Street are not able to cross over Maryland Avenue.

Project area

Map showing project area along Maryland Avenue from Arkwright Street to Payne Avenue

Community engagement and feedback

The trial period is now complete. Visit the project's interactive engagement site to view public comments and feedback submitted during the trial.

View responses to frequently asked questions and feedback

Past events

Nov. 19

An open house was held Nov. 19 to provide an update on the Maryland Avenue 4-to-3-lane conversion trial and an opportunity for residents to share their experiences walking, biking and driving on Maryland Avenue during the trial. Learn about what was discussed at the open house:

July 31

A walking tour and open house was held July 31, where residents learned about the Maryland Avenue 4-to-3 lane conversion trial and provided input. Learn about what was discussed at the open house: