Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 51/Snelling Avenue

St. Paul- Hamline Midway Area

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 during the State Fair.


Artist rendering of the finished Snelling Avenue/Hwy 51 and Hewitt Avenue interstection 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)


  • $9.5 million (Current estimate)

Traffic impacts


Hwy 51/Snelling Avenue over I-94 temporary lane closures during non-rush hours beginning this spring.

Monday, March 30, 8 p.m. through 5 a.m. Saturday, April 4

Xcel is completing work on manholes along Snelling. There will be nightly lane closures on the following roads:

  • St. Anthony Avenue between Pascal Ave and Hwy 51/Snelling Avenue
  • Hwy 51/Snelling Avenue between Shields Avenue and Carroll Avenue (the right two lanes will be closed)
  • Concordia Avenue between Asbury Street and Hwy 51/Snelling Avenue (the right lane will be closed)

Motorists wishing to access St. Anthony will need to use Pascal, University and Southbound Snelling Avenue to enter westbound I-94.

Trucks wishing to access westbound I-94 will detour using University Avenue and Cretin/Vandalia to access westbound I-94. View detour map (PDF, 1 page, 756 KB)

May 2015 through November 2015

  • Snelling Avenue bridge spanning I-94 closes May 2015 through August 2015 to remove and replace the driving surface of the bridge and install new railing.
  • I-94 will have weekend closures to demolish the driving surface of the bridge.
  • Close lanes throughout the project area so crews can mill and resurface the road.
  • Snelling Avenue between Minnehaha Avenue and Pierce Butler Route closes over a weekend to install a pipe for drainage.
  • 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.