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 and demolished the building at the NE corner of Saint Anthony Avenue and Dale Street for additional right-of-way necessary for the Dale Street bridge reconstruction project.
A community meeting to share the final design and a preliminary construction schedule will be held in spring 2018.
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.