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building pictureRamsey 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)

Contact Us:

Phone: 651.266.7100

Email: AskPW@co.ramsey.mn.us

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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 2014 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:

2014

  • Major Maintenance Program
  • Countywide Concrete Rehabilitation Project
  • Warner Road Bridge
  • Maryland Avenue at Payne Avenue
  • County State Aid Highway 10 at Silver Lake Road

2015

  • Major Maintenance Program
  • Lexington Avenue (I-694 to County Road F)  
  • Randolph Avenue (Snelling Avenue to I-35E)
  • Ford Parkway (Snelling Avenue to Howell Street)
  • Countywide Concrete Rehabilitation Project


PLEASE NOTE: Countywide Concrete Rehabilitation Project has been moved to the Construction Updates Page. To view CLICK HERE)

2014 Proposed Projects

2014 Major Maintenance Program  (List)  (Map)


Maryland and Payne Avenue Project

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Ramsey County, in cooperation with the City of Saint Paul, is planning the reconstruction of Maryland Avenue from Greenbrier Street to Edgerton Street.  The purpose of the project is to add left turn lanes on Maryland Avenue at Payne Avenue.  This project will widen the roadway and includes a new traffic signal system to allow for protected left turns (green turn arrow) at the Payne Avenue intersection.  Sidewalks will be reconstructed to meet Americans with Disability Act standards.  Ramsey County is currently designing the project and construction is planned for July 2014. (View proposed project layout)

County staff anticipates holding another open house meeting in May or June 2014 to discuss the detailed phasing of the project.

If you have any questions about the project, call Luke Lortie, project manager, at 651-266-7123, or Jerry Auge at 651-266-7117.


Larpenteur Avenue 4 to 3 Lane Conversion from Desoto Street to Parkway Drive

Ramsey County has received federal funds to restripe Larpenteur Avenue from a four-lane road to a three-lane road.  The three-lane design includes a 13-foot center left turn lane, an 11-foot through lane in each direction and approximately six-foot shoulders.  The traffic signal at Edgerton Street is also planned for replacement as part of the project.  The restriping project creates a center left turn lane, which allows vehicles to turn from a dedicated lef turn lane rather than turning from a through lane. (View project layout)

The public is invited to an Open House meeting to view the layout and offer questions and comments to County staff. 

Tuesday, April 22, from 5:30-7 p.m.

Maplewood Community Center
Community Room
2100 White Bear Ave.
Maplewood

Please direct questions and concerns to the project manager:

Erin Laberee
651-266-7105
erin.laberee@co.ramsey.mn.us

Ramsey County Public Works
1425 Paul Kirkwold Drive
Arden Hills, MN  55112


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 2014.


Dale Street - 4 to 3 Lane Conversion - Larpenteur Avenue to Simon Avenue

The Ramsey County Department of Public Works recently proposed a plan to convert Dale Street to a three (3) lane section of road  from Simon Avenue to Larpenteur Avenue. The three (3) lane section plan included a thru lane in each direction and a center left turn lane along with shoulders. The proposal was a simple restriping project intended to be a low cost, high benefit improvement to increase safety for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. A public meeting was held on May 28th, 2014. Approximately 65 people attended. The meeting provided an opportunity for the community to voice their opinions and concerns about the project. Many questions were heard regarding loss of parking, the potential to increase congestion and traffic on side streets. Frequent stopping of service vehicles, such as garbage trucks, buses and funeral processions were also raised as potential problems that could increase congestion. The most significant concern raised at the meeting was the short timeframe for the public involvement process. 

Staff has determined that any changes to Dale Street would require additional public meetings and more analysis of the project to address concerns. The project, as proposed, will not be constructed in 2014. The Federal funds received for the project require deadlines that cannot be met for a more in depth public process.  The federal funding will be returned to the Federal Government.

Ramsey County will continue to accept comments and ideas from the community on ways to improve our road system for all users and determine if the project would be more appropriate at some time in the future.

Please direct questions, concerns, and comments to:

Erin Laberee
651-266-7105
Erin.laberee@co.ramsey.mn.us

Ramsey County Public Works
1425 Paul Kirkwold Drive
Arden Hills, MN 55112


2015 Proposed Projects

Randolph Avenue (Snelling Avenue to I-35E)

Ramsey County, in cooperation with the City of Saint Paul, will 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 construction will take place over two years.  Randolph Avenue reconstruction in 2015 will be between Brimhall Street and Syndicate Street.   Randolph Avenue reconstruction in 2016 will be between Syndicate Street and I-35E.

 

 The Current State of Randolph Avenue

 

Randolph Avenue (between Brimhall and Interstate 35E), has serious structural defects which contribute to a short service life for a resurfacing project. Businesses and residents have shared their concerns about the about the condition of Randolph Avenue for more than ten years.
Randolph Avenue has not been constructed with a modern engineered road base. Roads which have an engineered road base can generally be resurfaced successfully every 12 to 15 years. Resurfacing projects on roads with poor bases last closer to 3 to 5 years -- before potholing and large cracking patterns return.   There are sections with no curbing at all, and the lighting is not as safe, attractive, or energy-efficient as most residential streets in Saint Paul.  Each time Ramsey County has done a mill and overlay it has lasted a shorter time, and especially in a winter like 2014, this means bigger potholes and more challenging experience for drivers on Randolph Avenue.

 

Possible Actions by Ramsey County/ City of Saint Paul

 

Whatever action Ramsey County and the City of Saint Paul take, businesses and schools and emergency vehicles will have the access that they need. 

 

Some have suggested that the either Street Resurfacing / Repaving or a Full Street Reconstruction would have the same result.  That is certainly not true. 

 

Street Resurfacing / Repaving

Street resurfacing generally consists of removing and replacing the top 1 to 3 inches of bituminous pavement.  Resurfacing only addresses problems on the surface of the roadway, such as potholes and cracking.  It is one of the tools used to maintain a roadway over the course of its life and is considered to be a temporary or short term measure. 

 

Street Reconstruction

Full reconstruction of streets provides an opportunity for long term upgrades to the roadway and the associated infrastructure, which can include improving the road base, curb and gutter, storm sewer, sidewalks, traffic signals, utilities, lighting and landscaping.  Full reconstruction can also address improvements to safety and operation of the road, and provides an opportunity to improve geometrics and enhance the overall streetscape.  Once reconstructed overall maintenance costs are reduced.  Full reconstruction should also address lead water services, and incorporate additional lanes at Lexington which would really improve traffic flow.

 

1.     Sidewalk/pedestrian/street lights – The city and county would build consistent curbs and new sidewalks and fully compliant ADA facilities.  They would also add pedestrian scale lighting.

 

2.     New Utilities – while we cannot yet define what utility upgrades or installations will occur, public and private utility providers do view new road construction as an opportunity to replace, expand, or upgrade utility features.  Randolph Avenue was constructed over 100 years ago and many utilities like sewer and water are the same vintage.  There still remain 86 lead water services that would be replaced on the portion within road right of way at City expense.

 

3.     City Levy --Property owners often lament the City’s standard assessment levy of $100 per front foot.  That is a fixed rate so on a 40-50 foot lot the full assessment of $4,000-5,000 spread over 20 years at 4% interest results in a nominal annual payment amount while the full improvement is delivered up front.  Supporters of both a full reconstruction and a repaving agree that buildings on new streets have higher values, more attractive, easier to sell and yield an incremental investment return well in excess of the City rate assessment.

 

Comparative Cost

 

Reconstruction costs more than mill and overlay but mill and overlay can be more costly in the long run. 

 

1.     Greater Mill and Overlay Frequency – If a mill and overlay needs to be redone every 3 to 5 years, or an even shorter time in the future, it could cost almost the same as a full reconstruction with many less amenities and typically are in poor condition the last couple of years in each service cycle. And the costs of completing either approach will continue to inflate in coming years.

2.     Maintenance Expenditures on a worn out road are measurably higher.  Costs for labor, equipment and materials for snow and ice control, pavement patching, pavement markings, drainage structures, curb, boulevards, sidewalks, continue to rise as deeper degradation occurs. These costs are often less obvious than capital expenditures but very real and significant challenge to City and County budgets every year.

3.     User Costs are measurably higher – There is another hidden cost to driving or riding on poor roads.  Few of us really think about what it actually costs, or how those costs may vary, to drive a vehicle through the course of a year.  But there are a number of studies that have attempted to quantify those costs. One AASHTO study estimated the increased cost for operating a vehicle on roadways in poor condition averaged $335 nationally.   That same study went on to indicate those costs are often substantially higher in urban areas where annual cost increases can be as high as $746 more per vehicle.  With Randolph carrying roughly 11,000 to 14,000 vehicles every day, the hidden cost to area users is anything but insignificant.  These same costs matter to bicyclists too, for whom replacing a wheel is not minor expense.  More importantly is the heightened risk of injury to area cyclists.

 

Any questions or concerns for the project should be directed to:

 

Nick Fischer

651-266-7119  

nicklaus.fischer@co.ramsey.mn.us

 

Ramsey County Public Works
1425 Paul Kirkwold Drive
Arden Hills, MN 55112


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 finalized.

Two public meetings were held on October 23rd, 2013 and on February 26th, 2014.The meeting in October provided project information and discussed potential layouts for the roadway.  CLICK HERE to view the PowerPoint that was presented at the meeting.

Based on feedback from the community and input from the City of St. Paul, a preliminary layout including 7 foot parking lanes, 6 foot bike lanes, 12 foot driving lanes and an 8 foot planted median was created. This lane configuration will increase the road with 1 foot on each side. The existing trees in the boulevard will be minimally impacted and the majority of them will remain. Here is the TYPICAL SECTION and the PRELIMINARY LAYOUT presented at the February meeting. CLICK HERE to view the PowerPoint Presentation from the meeting. Ramsey County will be starting final design based on this layout. Please note: The layout is only a draft and is subject to change. A parking lane variance for the 7 foot parking lanes has been granted by the State's Variance Committee. 

A raised median is planned for the length of the corridor that will be planted with trees. A significant change is proposed at Ford Parkway and Macalester Street. Currently the intersection operates as a full access intersection. The project plans to construct the median across the intersection to restrict through and left turn movements to and from Macalester Street. This change will reduce crashes, improve traffic flow and create a safe pedestrian refuge for those crossing the street. This is shown on the preliminary layout linked above.

Additional improvements to the corridor include new traffic signals at Snelling Avenue and Fairview Avenue along with upgrades to meet ADA standards at all the intersections. Street lighting will be upgraded to meet current City standards. The water main is planned to be replaced. Improvements will also be made to the sanitary sewer and storm sewer.

The City of St. Paul is proposing to assess property owners with frontage along the project corridor for the roadway and street lighting. Any questions or concerns about the proposed assessment for the project should be directed to Dan Haak at the City of St. Paul at 651-266-6084 or dan.haak@ci.stpaul.mn.us

A third public meeting will be held in the Fall of 2014 to give the opportunity to the public to review and comment on the construction plans. Any questions or concerns for the project should be directed to:

Erin Laberee
651-266-7105
Erin.laberee@co.ramsey.mn.us

Ramsey County Public Works
1425 Paul Kirkwold Drive
Arden Hills, MN 55112


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. Construction is scheduled for 2015.

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