Dale Street Reconstruction
Dale Street will be reconstructed between Iglehart and University avenues in Saint Paul in 2020. The $14.7 million project includes reconstructing and widening the bridge over Interstate 94. Based upon extensive input from the neghborhood, the new concept:
- Improves safety for all.
- Includes reconfigured through lanes and left turn lanes to accommodate traffic volumes and allow for better traffic flow.
- Widens sidewalks to provide a safer passage for pedestrians and bicyclists in all seasons.
- Features public art that reflects and celebrates the Rondo community.
Pedestrian improvements include enhanced crossings, wider sidewalks and a gentler slope approaching I-94 from University Avenue.
Project partners include the City of Saint Paul and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The project is identified as a priority in the City of Saint Paul’s Comprehensive Plan.
Construction began in late March 2020. The majority of construction, including the new bridge over I-94, is expected to be complete by late fall.
- Phase one: Rebuild the east (northbound) side of Dale Street between Carroll and University avenues, including removing and reconstructing the east side of the I-94 bridge.
Estimated timeline: March - July 2020.
- Phase two: Rebuild the west (southbound) side of Dale Street between Carroll and University avenues, including removing and reconstructing the west side of the I-94 bridge.
Estimated timeline: July - November 2020.
- Phase three: Reconstruct Dale Street between Iglehart and Carroll avenues.
Estimated timeline: Summer 2021, after school releases for summer break
Detours and closures
Dale Street and the bridge will remain open to two-way traffic throughout 2020.
I-94 ramps closed through late fall
All ramps to and from I-94 at Dale Street are closed to traffic. The ramps are expected to remain closed through late fall.
Motorists should follow the signed detours using Lexington Parkway and University and Selby avenues.
I-94 closed between Highway 280 and I-35E April 3-6
East and westbound I-94 will close at 10 p.m. on Friday, April 3 between Highway 280 and I-35E for removal of the northbound (east) side of the Dale Street bridge. I-94 will reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, April 6.
A signed detour will be in place using Highway 280, Highway 36 and I-35E.
All I-94 entrance and exit ramps between Highway 280 and I-35E will also be closed - including those at Cretin Avenue/Vandalia Street, Snelling Avenue, Pascal Street, Hamline Avenue, Lexington Parkway and Marion Street.
There will be loud hammering, beeping and other typical construction sounds overnight and throughout the weekend. Expect to see large construction equipment, such as cranes, along I-94 the week of March 30 in preparation for the demolition over the weekend.
Dale Street reduced to one lane in each direction
Beginning the week of March 30, Dale Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Carroll Avenue and University Avenue. All traffic will shift to the west side of the road. The median on Dale Street near University Avenue will be removed the week of March 30 to accommodate the traffic change.
Lane reductions will be in place through late fall.
Pedestrian crossing lights
The traffic signals at Concordia Avenue and St. Anthony Avenue are set to allow north and southbound traffic to move through the area safely. Pedestrians should use the push buttons to stop traffic and safely cross Dale Street.
Concordia Avenue and St. Anthony Avenue
The following portions of St. Anthony and Concordia avenues are temporarily converted from one-way to two-way streets:
- St. Anthony Avenue between St. Albans Street and Dale Street and between Dale Street and Kent Street.
- Concordia Avenue between St. Albans Street and Dale Street and between Benjamin E. Mays IB World School and Western Avenue.
The St. Anthony Avenue and Concordia Avenue intersections at Dale Street are closed to east-west traffic. The closures will remain in place through late fall.
The east side of the Central Avenue intersection will close to motorists and pedestrians beginning the week of March 30.