Dale Street Reconstruction
The Dale Street bridge is one of more than 100 bridges along the I-94 corridor scheduled for replacement or repair in the coming years. The volume of automobile and pedestrian traffic has outgrown the bridge’s original 1961 design and a subsequent expansion in 1983.
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. The project is identified as a priority in the City of Saint Paul’s Comprehensive Plan. Project partners include the City of Saint Paul and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Construction is anticipated to begin in the 2019 season.
Ramsey County purchased the property at the NE corner of Saint Anthony Avenue and Dale Street for additional right-of-way necessary for the Dale Street bridge reconstruction project. The site contains a vacant commercial building being removed in preparation for the project. The outdoor advertising sign on the site will remain. Demolition will begin Tuesday, November 14.
A community celebration will be held Wednesday, November 15 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Hallie Q. Brown Center. For more information contact Summit-University Planning Council.
History of the bridge
The Dale Street bridge is one of several spanning I-94, which severely impacted the vibrant African-American community in the now historic Rondo neighborhood. Traffic over the bridge has outgrown the original 1961 design and 1983 expansion.