Snelling Avenue is many things to the city of Saint Paul. It is a historic thoroughfare, major traffic artery and front door to the Minnesota State Fair.
It is also dangerous for anyone not in a car.
This summer, Snelling Ave. is going to get a face-lift, or in engineering terms, a re-surfacing. MnDOT is leading the project but there are a whole host of groups out to ensure that the re-surfacing takes into consideration non-vehicular transportation.
So who is involved and working on our behalf?
These groups have set up a Complete Streets Workshop and have invited the community (you) and members of MnDOT to hear the suggestions and concerns. The workshop date is set for February 7th, from 6:30-8:30 pm. The meeting will take place at the Charles M. Schulz Arena at Snelling Ave. and Ford Pkwy in St. Paul.
We spoke to Jeff Zaayer of the Saint Paul Bicycle Coalition to figure out what they are looking for out of this project;
“Unfortunately there is little in the current complete streets legislation that forces MnDOT to make changes without significant community backing, and even then their existing design guidelines allow minimal variance. The purpose of this meeting is to engage those responsible for the implementation of the work and also community members who would be affected.
We would like to see at minimum an uphill bike lane on Montreal Ave from W 7th St. As it stands currently the only routes from the East with uphill refuge for cyclists are Edgecumbe and Jefferson Ave both are over 1 mile West and North respectively from Montreal. There are also potential links with the Sam Morgan trail and the 35E Parkway within 2 blocks of the intersection of Montreal and W 7th St.”
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