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.


Full closures

  • The Hwy 51/ Snelling Avenue at Marshall Avenue intersection will be a four-way stop May 21 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Snelling Avenue bridge spanning I-94 closed through August 22. Crews are removing and replacing the driving surface of the bridge and installing new railing.

    View detour map (PDF, 128 KB, 1 page)
  • Concordia Avenue between Fry Street and Asbury Street closed.

    View detour map (PDF, 128 KB, 1 page)

Ramp closures

  • Eastbound I-94 ramps on the south side of Hwy 51/ Snelling Avenue closed.

    Motorists aren't able to exit off eastbound I-94 onto Snelling- use Cretin Avenue/Vandalia Street or Lexington Avenue instead. To access eastbound I-94 from Hwy 51/Snelling Avenue use Lexington Avenue.

    The westbound ramps that are on the north side of the bridge will remain open. You'll be able to travel northbound Hwy 51/Snelling Avenue and enter westbound I-94 from southbound Hwy 51/Snelling Avenue.

Lane closures

  • Lanes will close throughout the project area so crews can mill and resurface the road.

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)

Beginning May 26

Lane closures

  • Hwy 51/Snelling Avenue will have alternating lane closures between University Avenue and Thomas Avenue as crews work on sidewalks and drainage in the area.


  • There will be are 4 more partial closures of I-94 that will occur throughout the project with dates that are yet to be determined.
  • Snelling Avenue between Minnehaha Avenue and Pierce Butler Route closes over a weekend to install a pipe for drainage.

Overnight noise

  • Construction noise will continue into the night when crews are demolishing the driving surface of the bridge.

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, but you shouldn't see any major traffic impacts until spring 2015. Traffic impacts will temporarily be lifted August 22 through September 8.


Artist rendering of the finished Snelling Avenue/Hwy 51 and Hewitt Avenue intersection depicting the new ornamental lighting and Metro Transit Bus Rapid Transit stop. 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


  • $9.5 million (Current estimate)