Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Highway 3/Robert Street

St. Paul

Traffic impacts

Hwy 3/Robert Street in St. Paul project location map

Robert St. in St. Paul project area map

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All traffic impacts are tentative and weather dependent. As crews continue work along Robert St. between Cezar Chavez St. and George St., public artwork on the northeast viaduct wall has been removed and put into storage for its protection by the city of St. Paul.

August progress update

Since construction began on July 11, crews have been busy making improvements to both the Robert St. viaduct and the bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad. Here are a few key updates on progress:

  • Crews finished bridge repairs on the George St. bridge.
  • The George St. bridge is now open for east/west traffic across Robert St.
  • Crews removed the pavement on the Union Pacific bridge and some additional pavement panels.

Current

Road closures

Mon, July 11 through mid-November
  • George St. is closed in both directions between Cesar Chavez and Robert St.

Bridge closures

Mon, July 11 through late November
  • The Robert St. viaduct is closed between Cesar Chavez St. and King St. E.

Upcoming

Information about upcoming traffic impacts will be posted as details become available.

About this project

MnDOT is planning significant improvements to Robert St. between Annapolis St. and Fillmore Ave. in 2025 or 2026. Starting in 2020, MnDOT gathered input from the community on safety improvements, accessibility, street design features, and other topics to influence the agency’s designs for future improvements along the road. Community engagement opportunities will start again in fall 2022 and continue through 2023, which will influence design options for future road improvements on Robert St. Construction on the road is anticipated to begin in 2025 or 2026.

In the meantime, MnDOT has made several repairs along Robert St., including pedestrian improvements and minor repairs of the Robert St. Bridge over the Mississippi River in St. Paul in 2020. Beginning in July 2022, MnDOT will make repairs to the Robert St./George St. viaduct and the bridge over the Union Pacific railroad. This work will take approximately 12-16 weeks in total and should end by late October 2022.

Summary of work

  • Complete: Micro-surface and restripe Robert St. between Annapolis St. (south of the Mississippi River) and 11th St. in downtown St. Paul (just south of I-94)
  • Complete: Repair Robert St. Bridge over the Mississippi River
  • Began fall 2020: Test temporary curb extensions at the intersections of Baker St. and Robert St. and Isabel St. and Robert St.
  • Begins July 2022: Repair the George St. bridge and the viaduct between Cesar Chavez and King St. E, and repair and resurface the Robert St. bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks
  • Tentatively 2025-2026: Construction of corridor improvements

The future of Robert St.

MnDOT is planning significant improvements to Robert St. between Annapolis St. and Fillmore Ave. in 2025 or 2026. As a part of this planning process, MnDOT sought community feedback to gather input on various topics, including safety improvements, accessibility and street design features. This engagement included an online survey, interactive comment map and a series of virtual public meetings in summer and fall 2020.

During the community engagement period, MnDOT 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.

As MnDOT begins to develop designs for future improvements on Robert St., MnDOT will engage the community in fall/winter of 2022 and continue through 2023, to provide additional input. Any future work along Robert St. will be completed in coordination with other public entities, including the City of St. Paul and the Metropolitan Council, to limit construction disruptions for residents, businesses and property owners.

Pedestrian safety pilot project

Curb extensions at Robert St. and Baker St. intersection
Curb extensions at Robert St. and Baker St. intersection

MnDOT installed temporary safety features at the intersections of Baker St. and Robert St. and Isabel St. and Robert St. in October 2020.

These temporary safety features, called curb extensions (or bump-outs or bulb-outs), visually and physically narrow the roadway. This creates shorter crossings for pedestrians and increases visibility for people walking and driving. Curb extensions will not take any parking away or affect access to driveways, but may make parking near the corner more difficult.

The goal of this project is to test the curb extensions before committing to them as a long-term design improvement at the intersection. While the curb extensions are in place, MnDOT is evaluating pedestrian and driver behavior and determining the impact they have on traffic, such as pedestrian usage and vehicle speeds.

There is currently no specific date for the removal of the extensions, but they will be maintained by MnDOT for the foreseeable future.

Share your thoughts on these temporary curb extensions by completing our feedback form.

Reenvisioning Robert Street