Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 51/Snelling Avenue

St. Paul- Hamline Midway Area

Traffic impacts

Map of Snelling Avenue in St. Paul
Click map for larger PDF version.

Lane closures

  • Hwy 51/Snelling Ave lanes close throughout the project area so crews can replace sidewalks and mill and resurface the road.

8 p.m. Oct. 9 through 5 a.m. Monday Oct. 12

  • Southbound Hwy 51/Snelling Ave. between St. Anthony Ave. and Concordia Ave. closed. Follow signed detour.

Ramps at I-94 will remain open but, those exiting eastbound I-94 to Hwy 51/Snelling Ave. must turn south on 51/Snelling.

Sidewalk/trail closures

  • Sidewalks close for short periods of time, pedestrians will be detoured as crews replace sidewalks, install ornamental lighting and build sidewalk platforms for Bus Rapid Transit. View detour map (PDF, 114 KB, 1 page)



A new Snelling Avenue

MnDOT, the city of St. Paul and Metro Transit are working together to help make one of the busiest areas of the Hamline-Midway neighborhood friendlier for motorists, transit users and pedestrians. This busy residential and commercial area between Selby Avenue and Pierce Butler Road will soon have wider, more accessible sidewalks and new lighting. In a few locations low-growing plants will also be added to Snelling Avenue/Hwy 51 medians to beautify the area. Transit users will benefit as well through improved bus service and connections to the Green Line.  

Note: Electrical work began September 2014. Traffic impacts will temporarily be lifted Aug. 22 through Sept. 8.


Infographic of all that Snelling Avenue has to offer. Click image to see larger PDF image.

About this project

Summary of work

  • Mill and resurface existing pavement
  • Replace driving surface of the Snelling Avenue bridge spanning I-94
  • Update pedestrian crossings to meet modern accessibility standards
  • Improve drainage
  • Construct Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) sidewalk platforms at four locations between Dayton and Hewitt avenues for the Metro Transit A Line (links to Metropolitan Council's website)

Enhancements requested by the City of St. Paul

  • Construct additional sidewalk and boulevard
  • Plant trees
  • Landscape medians
  • Add above standard decorative twin lantern street lighting


  • $13.2 million (Current estimate)