Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 51 (Snelling Avenue) - Hewitt Avenue to Midway Parkway

St. Paul

About this project

Hwy 51/Snelling Avenue Project Area Map
Snelling Avenue Project Area Map
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Summary of work

MnDOT is developing a preliminary design for improving safety, comfort and mobility for walking and biking on Snelling Ave. from Hewitt Ave. to Midway Pkwy.

The preliminary design will identify:

  • Future improvements like wider sidewalks or designated bike lanes
  • An estimate of how much improvements would cost
  • How improvements may impact adjacent properties

Project schedule

April to Sept 2016

Each month we will be working on different project milestones, including:

  • Data gathering
  • Stakeholder meetings
  • Drafting preliminary design
  • Community engagement efforts
  • Final preliminary design

Study completed

Work on the Snelling Ave. Multi-Modal Transportation Plan was completed at the end of January 2013. It helped determine safety and mobility needs for the area.

The Final Report (PDF) provides recommendations to improve the safety and mobility needs for the area and feasible multi-modal transportation solutions for meeting those needs. 

About the study

The Snelling Ave. Multi-Modal Transportation Plan was a study of Hwy 51 (Snelling Ave.) between Selby Ave. and the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in the City of Saint Paul. The study assessed the safety and mobility needs of the area and investigated feasible multi-modal transportation solutions for meeting those needs. This effort was a joint undertaking of MnDOT, Ramsey County and the City of Saint Paul. The study addressed both short-term and long-term solutions.

Study purpose and goals

The purpose of the study was to achieve a balanced multi-modal transportation system along Snelling Ave. between Selby Ave. and Midway Pkwy.  The goals of the study were to:

  • Improve the safety and mobility of bicycling and walking while maintaining the safety and mobility of all users and modes of transportation
  • Provide direct and accessible routes for walkers and bicyclists to key destinations
  • Improve transit connections and mobility
  • Connect neighborhoods across the study segment
  • Develop designs that are appropriate for the multiple land use contexts along the study segment
  • Leverage the recommendations from other projects/studies to benefit the study segment
  • Develop both short-term and long-term recommendations

There are several “given” conditions that create specific parameters under which the corridor will need to continue to function in the future.  These represent both constraints and opportunities for the multi-modal transportation planning study and include the following:

  • Snelling Ave. will continue to be a major bus route and all-day bus service will continue to be provided along the study area
  • Snelling Ave. will continue to function as an urban arterial
  • All improvements developed for Snelling Ave. will be compliant with guidance implementing accessibility (ADA)
  • There are many established residential areas and business districts that define the character of the study area. These are not expected to change and designs will respect the character of these areas
  • Snelling Ave. will continue to function as a freight corridor serving the intermodal facility at Pierce Butler and the school bus yard