Ramsey County Public Works is responsible for a 290-mile system of county roads including construction, repairs, maintenance and snow removal.
Public Works is located in Arden Hills, 1425 Paul Kirkwold Drive (map)
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Road and Bridge Program
Ramsey County partners with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and local communities to plan, develop and construct road and bridge projects.
See our Construction Updates page for more information on our 2013 construction projects that have already been bid out to contractors and to subscribe to receive email updates as new information becomes available.
The following projects are under development and are listed by construction year:
- Major Maintenance Program
- Warner Road Bridge (2013-2014)
- Maryland Avenue at Arkwright Street
- Little Canada Road (I-35E to Edgerton Street)
- County State Aid Highway 10 at Silver Lake Road
- Rice Street Pavement Rehabilitation (County Road B to Larpenteur Avenue)
- Lexington Avenue (I-694 to County Road F)
- Maryland Avenue at Payne Avenue
- County Road C (County Highway 88 to Long Lake Road)
- Randolph Avenue (Snelling Avenue to I-35E)
- Ford Parkway (Snelling Avenue to Howell Street)
2013 Proposed Projects
County-Wide Concrete Rehabilitation
Ramsey County in cooperation with the City’s of Arden Hills, Shoreview, Roseville, St. Paul, Maplewood, North Oaks, White Bear Lake, and White Bear Township is planning the rehabilitation of several Concrete County Roadways in the construction seasons of 2013 and 2014. (Map) The following segments of roadway are proposed to be rehabilitated:
Larpenteur Avenue (CSAH 30) [Fernwood Street to Dale Street]
Old Highway 8 (CSAH 77) [600 feet and 780 feet south of County Road E]
Parkway Drive (CSAH 27) [Larpenteur Avenue and 700’ North of Larpenteur Avenue]
White Bear Avenue (CSAH 65) [County Road F to HWY 61]
County Highway 96 (CSAH 96) [US 10 to Centerville Road]
The County has recently taken bids for the project and are in the process of securing a contract with the apparent low bidder of the project. Once a contract has been signed by both parties the County will work with the contractor to determine a proposed project schedule.
The term of the contract will be a one year project where all work for all of the projects listed above must be completed by the fall of 2014. The County has required limited work of the contractor to be completed in the fall of 2013. These items include construction work within the railroad right of way/crossing areas.
The 2013 construction work will be in the following locations: County Highway 96 between McMenemy & Greenhaven Drive and Old Highway 8 railway area.
Old Highway 8 Railroad Bridge Crossing - South of County Road E - ROAD CLOSURE
Ramsey County has scheduled a closure of Old Highway 8 (County State Aid Highway 77) from October 16, 2013 to October 30, 2013. The closure is necessary for the replacement of the existing pavement under the CP railroad bridge crossing that has deteriorated south of County Road E west (CSAH 15) in the City of New Brighton. Crews will remove the existing roadway under the CP Rail Bridge and will replace the concrete pavement.
Motorists should expect work in the area six days a week between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. If the work is completed early, the roadway will be opened to motoring traffic. The proposed project schedule is weather-dependent.
The County will be posting a detour during the closure of Old Highway 8 (County State Aid Highway 77). Motorists should use County Road E west, Silver Lake Road and County Road D west as the detour route. CLICK HERE to view the detour map.
The public may subscribe to construction update emails on the Public Works web site under the topic of County-Wide Concrete Rehabilitation. If you have any questions about the construction project, contact Bob Lee at 651-248-0175 or via email, Daniel Bodelson at 651-248-0173, or Jerry Auge, Jr. at 651-266-7117 or via email.
Warner Road Bridge Reconstruction Project
Ramsey County, in cooperation with the City of St. Paul, is reconstructing the eastbound Warner Road Bridge over Childs Road with grade separated trail crossing at both the east and west end of the bridge. View Project Layout
Construction is underway and is planned to last 2 years with completion in October 2015. Traffic will remain shifted to the westbound bridge to allow for one lane of traffic in each direction for the duration of the project. The trail will be closed over Warner Bridge as well. A trail detour is in place that routes users through downtown St Paul and Indian Mounds Park.
Please contact Project Manager, Erin Laberee at email@example.com or 651-266-7105 with questions.
If you have any questions about the storm sewer repair project please contact Nick Fischer at 651-266-7119 or Nicklaus.firstname.lastname@example.org
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Maryland Avenue at Arkwright Street Reconstruction
Ramsey County, in cooperation with the City of St. Paul, is planning the reconstruction of Maryland Avenue from Westminster Street to 125 ft east of Clark Street. The purpose of the project is to add left turn lanes on Maryland Avenue at Arkwright Street. This project will widen the roadway and includes new traffic signal system to allow for protected left turns (green turn arrow) at Arkwright intersection. Sidewalks will be reconstructed to meet Americans with Disability Act standards. Ramsey County is currently designing the project and construction is planned for the summer of 2013. View Project Layout
For questions please call Nick Fischer Project Manager 651-266-7119 or Jerry Auge 651-266-7117.
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Little Canada Road (I-35E to Edgerton Street)
Information coming soon.
County State Aid Highway 10 at Silver Lake Road
Ramsey County, in cooperation with the City of Mounds View, is proposing to upgrade the pedestrian ramps and replace the traffic signal at County State Aid Highway 10 and Silver Lake Road. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2013.
Rice Street Pavement Rehabilitation
Ramsey County, in cooperation with the cities of Roseville and Maplewood, is proposed to resurface Rice Street between Larpenteur Avenue to 700 feet south of County Road B. This project will remove the existing asphalt and replace it. Also, the pedestrian curb ramps will be upgraded to meet current standards. A new signal will be installed at the intersection of Rice Street and Roselawn Avenue which will include an accessible pedestrian signal.
2014 Proposed Projects
Lexington Avenue (I-694 to County Road F)
Ramsey County, in cooperation with the Cities of Shoreview and Arden Hills, is proposing to reconstruct Lexington Avenue from north of County Road F to I-694. The signal at County Road F will be replaced and turn lanes will be added to provide dedicated right and left turn lanes, including dual left turn lanes north and south bound on Lexington Avenue. Right turn lanes will be added at the ramps to both east and west bound I-694. A multi-use trail will be added on the west side of Lexington Avenue between County Road F and I-694. The project is currently in the final design phase. View preliminary layout of the proposed improvements. The County has secured $1 million in Department of Employment and Economic Development funding and $252,212 in MnDOT Cooperative Agreement funding. Appraisals are underway for the right-of-way/easements required to build the project. There will be a public open house in the summer of 2013 with construction scheduled for 2014.
Maryland and Payne Avenue Project
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Ramsey County will be hosting a PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE meeting on Thursday, January 30, 2014, from 6:30-8:00pm in the conference room located at 722 Payne Avenue. A presentation will be given with a project update and county staff will be available for questions. Click HERE for the open house flyer.
Ramsey County, in cooperation with the City of St. Paul, is planning the reconstruction of Maryland Avenue between Edgerton Street and Greenbrier Street. (View Proposed Project Layout) This project will widen the roadway on Maryland Avenue to accommodate protected left (green turn arrow) turn lanes. Construction will also include a new signal system at Payne Avenue and pedestrian facility upgrades (sidewalk and curb ramps). Ramsey County is currently designing the project and construction is planned for the 2014 construction season.
Public Comments Opportunity for Arlington Park Impacts/4(f) de minimus determination
This project has Highway Safety Improvement Funds (HSIP) federal funding for the construction portion of the project. As part of the funding the County is required to determine impacts to adjacent properties. One requirement of the federal funding is to determine impacts to public park land (Arlington Park). The impacts to Arlington Park has been determined by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as a 4(f) property.
As part of the public interest, the County is soliciting comments on the impacts the Maryland Avenue and Payne Avenue intersection reconstruction will have on Arlington Park. The Project will impact 4296 square feet of existing Arlington Park. Ramsey County in Partnership with the City of St. Paul Public Works will be transferring the former Kendall Hardware site as parkland replacement in the amount of 9343 square feet for a no net loss of parkland as part of the Maryland Avenue and Payne Avenue Project.
The County has provided the Public Notice and Opportunity for Comment as a reference. The Public Notice will be posted in the Ramsey edition of Lillie News on January 8 and 15, 2014. Public Notices have been sent to all abutting properties adjacent to the project limits.
The County has also provided a Preliminary Deminimis Write-Up for the impacts to Arlington Park. The County has prepared this report for information only. The specifics about impacts to the park are indicated in this report.
If you would like to submit comments please email comments to email@example.com Please put “Maryland Avenue and Payne Avenue – 4(f) Public Comment” in the email subject line or mail comments to Jerry Auge, Project Manager at 1425 Paul Kirkwold Drive, Arden Hills, MN 55112. Comments will be collected and documented to FHWA. If you have any questions pertaining to the impacts to the project or impacts to Arlington Park please call Luke Lortie, 651-266-7123, firstname.lastname@example.org or Jerry Auge at 651-266-7117 or via email.
CLICK HERE to view the July 10, 2013 Open House flyer.
2015 Proposed Projects
Randolph Avenue (Snelling Avenue to I-35E)
Ramsey County, in cooperation with the City of Saint Paul, is proposing to reconstruct Randolph Avenue from Snelling Avenue to I-35E to replace the deteriorating roadway section. The preliminary engineering phase of the project is underway. The project is scheduled to begin in 2015 and may be constructed in two construction seasons.
Ford Parkway (Snelling Avenue to Howell Street)
Ford Parkway is proposed for reconstruction in 2015 from Snelling Avenue to just west of Howell Street. The project is lead by Ramsey County and the City of St. Paul is a project partner. The preliminary engineering phase of the project is currently being worked on.
A public meeting was held on October 23rd, 2013 at the Hillcrest Recreation Center to provide project information and discuss potential layouts for the roadway. CLICK HERE to view the PowerPoint that was presented at the meeting. The meeting focused on the project scope, history of improvements to Ford Parkway, schedule, proposed improvements, and funding. Proposed improvements include additional storm sewer, storm water treatment, water main replacement, spot sanitary sewer repairs and complete roadway reconstruction including the curb and gutter. The traffic signals at Fairview Avenue and Snelling Avenue are also planned for replacement. The existing left turn lanes would remain in place. Right turn lanes would be added by restricting parking near the intersections and would improve safety by allowing vehicles to turn from a right turn lane rather than from the through lane. At the meeting several concept layouts were discussed to add features for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.
The three concepts discussed at the October meeting are outlined below.
MEDIAN CONCEPT– This concept incorporates a ten foot planted median to Ford Parkway and increases the parking lanes from 8 feet wide to 10 feet to meet state aid standards. No roadway widening is required for this option and the boulevard green space between the curb and sidewalks remains at 9 feet wide. The TYPICAL SECTION shows the roadway dimensions from a cross sectional view. The project layout for this concept is linked HERE.
BIKE LANE CONCEPT – This concept adds a full 6 foot bike lane, 10 foot parking lanes are shown along with a 8 foot raised median. This option widens the road from 56 feet wide to 64 and would require the existing trees to be removed. The boulevard between the curb and sidewalk would be reduced from 9 feet to 5 feet. Here is a TYPICAL SECTION of this concept. The layout for this concept is linked HERE.
MEDIAN AND BIKE LANE CONCEPT – This concept allows for a reduced bicycle land and a planted median. The parking lane is shown at 8 feet wide and would require a variance from the state since state aid standards require parking lanes to be 10 feet wide. Today, the existing parking lane width is 8 feet wide. The bike lane is shown at 3 feet wide and would also require a variance from the State’s standards of 6 feet wide for bike lanes. A landscaped median is also shown for this concept at 10 feet wide which would allow for tree plantings to be incorporated. Here is a TYPICAL SECTION for this concept. The project layout for this concept is linked HERE.
A questionnaire was also provided to attendees of the meeting to offer their opinions and concerns about the project. The questionnaire is linked HERE and should be returned to the project manager listed below.
The County has had many meetings with the City of St. Paul, Highland District Council and bike advocacy groups to help determine the roadway section. Currently, a layout that includes parking lanes on each side of the road, bike lanes, one travel lane in each direction and a raised median is being pursued. Exact widths of each have not been determined, but should be finalized by March 2014.
A second public meeting will be held on February 26th, 2014 at 6pm in the Community Room at the Highland Recreation Center, 1978 Ford Parkway. The meeting will focus on the proposed layout for the roadway and the infrastructure improvements planned, such as sanitary sewer and water main. The City of St. Paul will be outlining assessments to property owners along the project corridor. The meeting will begin with a presentation by County and City staff. A questions and answer session will follow. If you are not able to attend, but would like to discuss the project please contact Project Manager, Erin Laberee.
Any questions or concerns for the project should be directed to:
Ramsey County Public Works
1425 Paul Kirkwold Drive
Arden Hills, MN 55112
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