Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Highway 3/Robert Street

St. Paul and West St. Paul

Community engagement

The future of the viaduct

As part of the planning process, we are seeking federal grant funding to fully replace the viaduct between King. St. and Cesar Chavez St. Replacement is dependent upon federal funding and is not guaranteed to happen.

Repairs completed in 2022 extended the life of the viaduct, but it will need to be replaced in the future due to age and wear.

Right now, we are doing additional viaduct research and reaching out to neighbors right along the viaduct to help better understand potential impacts. We plan to share more about the viaduct options later this year.

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Summer 2023

In summer 2023, we distributed an online survey asking for people’s input to help prioritize future improvements on Robert St. More than 375 community members participated in the survey.

  • Community members’ top priority for allocating space is for people walking on or using sidewalks/wider sidewalks. This was followed by space for people using transit, driving and then biking. On average, space for elements like landscaping, green stormwater infrastructure and public art were prioritized less.
  • The Cesar Chavez St. and Robert St. intersection is a key concern. Community members voiced safety and efficiency concerns for this intersection above all others. Of all the intersections on Robert St., they shared the most support for adding a right turn lane and/or left turn lane at this intersection.
    • Other top intersections people would like to see improved include Annapolis St., Butler Ave., Congress St., Fillmore Ave., Plato Blvd., Sidney St. and State St.
  • According to respondents, buses are slightly more likely to run slowly due to delays between East Colorado St. to Cesar Chavez St., but the entire length of the project shared this issue.
  • If MnDOT adds biking facilities, both on-street separated bike lanes and off-street separated bike lanes were the most popular options. A smaller number of community members voiced support for on-street painted bike lanes, shared bike lanes or not adding any bike lanes.
  • Community members were most interested in adding on-street parking and improving pedestrian crossings between Isabel St. West and Cesar Chavez St. 51% of survey respondents recommended adding on-street parking here, and 65% recommended improving pedestrian crossings here.
    • The second section people most often wanted to add on-street parking and improve crossings was from Winona St. East to Annapolis St.
    • 21% of survey respondents did not support adding any new parking on Robert St.

Thank you to everyone who provided input through this survey. We will use these comments to help develop designs for future improvements on Robert St. The public will be able to review these designs and provide additional input this fall.

Summer and fall 2020

In 2020, we engaged the community through an online survey, interactive comment map and a series of virtual public meetings. During this community engagement period, we received comments from more than 1,300 people along the corridor and across the Twin Cities metro area. Many people suggested pedestrian safety improvements, like improved sidewalks and crosswalks, and bicycle safety improvements, like adding a bike lane. Other recurring comments involved the need for reduced vehicle speeds, adding pullovers for buses, and adding more greenery, public art and improved lighting.

A summary of community engagement activities and feedback has been compiled into a public report.