Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Highway 5/Minnehaha Avenue and Stillwater Road

St. Paul and Maplewood

About this project

Highway 5 St. Paul to Maplewood project location map
Hwy 5 in St. Paul to Maplewood project map. View full-size map.

Safety, maintenance and accessibility improvements are needed on Hwy 5/Minnehaha Ave. and Stillwater Rd. in St. Paul and Maplewood. We are planning a project from North Mendota St. to Century Ave. The project will include repaving, maintenance, sidewalk repairs and accessibility for all.

The construction will start during the summer of 2023; however, the first thing you might notice is tree removal in fall 2022. Additionally, MnDOT is in the process of securing temporary easements from property owners along the roads to complete sidewalk repairs.

You can learn more about this project, including the planned improvements, timeline and tree removal and replanting process, by watching this brief presentation.

Summary of work

  • Road resurfacing
  • Sidewalk repairs
  • Updating sidewalk curb ramps
  • Adding curb extensions or “bump-outs”
  • Replacing traffic signals and adding pedestrian lighting
  • Trail and driveway updates
  • Bus stop improvements

Tree removals starting this winter

In late September 2022, MnDOT crews marked 55 trees along the corridor that are slated for removal this winter using pink pant. MnDOT is prioritizing removing these trees because they are safety risks – either because they are diseased or have dead limbs. The marked trees will be removed sometime between November 2022 and March 2023. Additional trees will need to be removed as part of this construction project, but MnDOT anticipates that will take place next winter. MnDOT will replace these trees in 2025 after the project is finished.

What we heard from the community

To prepare for this project, MnDOT met with community members to share information about the improvements, answer questions and get their feedback. In total, MnDOT reached more than 130,000 individuals with information about the project through emails, direct mail, social media posts and print ads. MnDOT also reached out to 24 different organizations and government entities in the project area. More than 70 individuals asked questions or made comments about the project to MnDOT through its scoping survey and two virtual public meetings.

Key topics of interest:

  • Curb extensions: Vehicle speeds and safety were prominent concerns MnDOT heard from the community. Many believed the curb extensions – which make crossings shorter for pedestrians and make pedestrians more visible to drivers – would slow speeds on the road.
  • Sidewalk repairs: During both open houses and in the scoping survey, participants expressed excitement for the planned sidewalk repairs.
  • Stormwater pond: As part of the project, MnDOT initially proposed to construct a stormwater pond to capture and treat runoff north of Olivia Ct. in Maplewood. UPDATE: In fall 2021, we received news that our water resources team was able to address stormwater treatment for the project at other locations and a stormwater pond is no longer being proposed at this location. Stormwater treatment will be addressed on MnDOT right of way adjacent to Hwy 36.
  • Tree removal: During the virtual public meetings, people raised questions about the removal of trees for this project. Trees in the boulevard between the street and the sidewalk do not usually withstand construction. Many of these trees are also diseased.  MnDOT’s forester evaluated each tree and identified trees that could be saved and trees that need to be removed. MnDOT has programmed funding to replace trees removed during construction.
  • Easements: This project will require temporary easements that allow MnDOT to come onto the lawns and driveways of any applicable properties to repair sidewalks and driveway aprons.

Overall, people expressed support for the planned safety and accessibility improvements throughout the corridor. Many agreed that the existing conditions in the corridor needed improvement – particularly the sidewalks and vehicle speeds. MnDOT’s planned improvements seek to address those primary concerns.

A summary of proposed improvements, community engagement activities and feedback has been compiled into a public report. For a copy of the report, please contact us. This community input will influence MnDOT’s final designs for improvements on Hwy 5/Minnehaha Ave. and Stillwater Rd.

Next steps

The work along Minnehaha Ave. and Stillwater Rd. will require easements, allowing MnDOT access to the lawns and driveways of any applicable properties to make repairs. All impacted property owners will receive information from MnDOT by this summer. Design work is being finalized and construction is planned for summer 2023 and summer 2024.

Traffic impacts

All traffic impacts are tentative and weather dependent.

Upcoming

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