Reconstruction of Randolph Avenue (County Road 42)
2017 - 2018
Dale Street Bridge at I-94
In May 2015 Ramsey County was awarded $5.6 million in federal funding to reconstruct the Dale Street (County Road 53) bridge over I-94 in Saint Paul. Ramsey County Public Works has also assigned about $1.5 million in local matching funds. Construction is anticipated to begin in the 2018 season. The volume of automobile and pedestrian traffic has outgrown the bridge’s original 1961 design and a subsequent expansion in 1983.
The project is currently in the conceptual phase. Preliminary Engineering work begins in 2016. The plan calls for Dale Street to be repaved between Central and University avenues. The new concept widens the bridge and includes reconfigured through lanes and left turn lanes to accommodate higher traffic volumes and facilitate better traffic flow. This will help prevent backups on either side of the bridge that have become commonplace at peak travel times. The concept also adds a shoulder in each travel direction and widens sidewalks to provide safer, more expedient passage for pedestrians and bicyclists in all seasons.
Robust public involvement has been an integral part of the process leading to the funding award and will continue throughout Preliminary Engineering and construction. The District Councils Collaborative has been the primary partner to Ramsey County on facilitating community engagement and education as the project progresses. The project is also coordinated with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Every Place Counts initiative.
Ramsey County, in cooperation with the city of Arden Hills, is planning to construct a four-lane divided arterial roadway to carry anticipated traffic through Rice Creek Commons (TCAAP) redevelopment site from Highway 96 to County Road H. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2016 and conclude in 2017.
Ramsey County is requesting state funding in 2016 for a project to analyze, design and reconstruct the interchange at I-694 and Rice Street adjacent to the communities of Shoreview, Little Canada and Vadnais Heights in 2018.