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.


Road closures

  • Snelling Avenue between I-94 and University Avenue closed through mid-July. Use Lexington Avenue, Cretin/Vandalia Avenue or St. Anthony.
  • Snelling Avenue bridge spanning I-94 closed through Aug. 22. Crews are removing and replacing the driving surface of the bridge and installing new railing.

    View detour map (PDF, 71 KB, 1 page)
  • St. Anthony Avenue between Pascal Street and Snelling Avenue closed.
  • Concordia Avenue between Fry Street and Asbury Street closed.

    View detour map (PDF, 71 KB, 1 page)

Ramp closures

  • Westbound I-94 ramp to Hwy 51/Snelling Avenue closed through mid-July. Use Lexington Avenue exit.
  • St. Anthony Avenue ramp to westbound I-94 closed.

Lane closures

  • Fairview Avenue between St. Anthony Avenue and Carroll Avenue will be a single lane in each direction until mid-August.
  • Hwy 51/Snelling Avenue has alternating lane closures between University Avenue and Taylor Avenue as crews work on sidewalks and drainage in the area.
  • 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)

Thursday, July 9 through Monday, July 13

  • Snelling Avenue between Selby Avenue and Concordia Avenue will be reduced to a single lane in each direction as crews resurface the road.


  • There will be additional, partial closures of I-94 that will occur throughout the project with dates that are yet to be determined.

Overnight noise

  • Construction noise will continue into the night when crews are replacing 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


  • $13.2 million (Current estimate)