Cleveland Avenue Reconstruction

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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.

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Construction will take place in two phases:

  • 2022 – Phase 1: Como to Buford avenues.
    • Road is open.
  • 2023 – Phase 2: Buford to Larpenteur avenues.
    • Road is open.

Traffic impacts

Road is open.

Utility replacement information

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Water replacement

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 with lead service lines in private property may choose to have it replaced at no cost by SPRWS. If you are interested in replacing the portion of lead service line on your property, contact SPRWS at 651-266-6820. Visit for more information on the new lead service line replacement program. To see if your service is currently lead, look up your address in the SPRWS service material map.

Sewer service replacement

As part of the project, Saint Paul Sewer Utility 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 Cleveland Avenue 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.

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