Cleveland Avenue Reconstruction
Cleveland Avenue will be reconstructed from Como Avenue to Larpenteur Avenue in the cities of Saint Paul and Falcon Heights. The reconstruction will replace aging pavement, stormwater infrastructure and city utilities (water main and sanitary sewer).
Following community meetings, the design team identified a road layout with one driving lane in each direction, one bike lane in each direction and a multi-use path on the east side of Cleveland Avenue.
Xcel began work on utilities the week of July 19. Utility work is expected to last through September.
For the reconstruction project, work is currently underway to transfer land ownership from the University of Minnesota to Ramsey County before construction can begin. This legal work has taken longer than anticipated and delayed the start of construction.
Construction is currently expected to begin in fall 2021 and last through fall 2023. Work will not begin until after the conclusion of the 2021 Minnesota State Fair. All work in 2021 will be minor and take place off the main roadway. Major construction will begin in 2022.
No major traffic impacts are expected in 2021. Closures and detours will be in place in 2022 and 2023.
Utility replacement information
Much of the existing drinking water distribution system along Cleveland Avenue is more than 100 years old and has reached the end of useful life. During reconstruction of the roadway, Saint Paul Regional Water Services (SPRWS) will replace more than one mile of cast iron water main and all lead water services within the project right-of-way. Temporary water lines will be constructed during the project to supply homes and businesses with high quality drinking water while the water main is being replaced.
Property owners are responsible for the portion of water service pipe within private property and may choose to replace that portion of their lead water service by hiring a utility contractor, the cost of which may be assessed to property taxes. If you are interested in replacing the portion of lead service line on your property during this project, please contact SPRWS engineering division at 651-266-6270 for information about the voluntary assessment. Residents are encouraged to visit the SPRWS website to find more information about lead and drinking water.
Sewer service replacement
As part of the project, Saint Paul Sewer Utility Division will replace both sanitary sewer and storm sewer infrastructure. The replacement includes manhole/drainage structure repair and sewer pipe segment repair. Since the roadway will be reconstructed, it provides property owners along the Cleveland Avenue corridor an opportunity to replace their sanitary sewer service line.
In Saint Paul, property owners are responsible for the maintenance and repair of their private sewer pipes that exit their homes and terminate at the public sewer under the street.
If you have an older private sewer pipe (50+ years), have had a sewer backup in your basement, or have a need to have your private sewer pipe routinely cleaned of roots, you should consider having your private sewer pipe replaced during this project. This will offer a significant cost saving because you will not have to pay the street restoration cost.
The city of Saint Paul has a financial assistance program available to property owners with the unexpected cost of sewer repairs. Property owners can anticipate future mailings from the city about the potential replacement as the project progresses.