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City of Saint Paul to begin Kellogg Boulevard reconstruction project in April

 

SAINT PAUL – More than 80 years after its construction, the City of Saint Paul Public Works Department is reconstructing Kellogg Boulevard from Market Street to Wabasha Street. The $12 million reconstruction project is anticipated to last from early April through November 2015. Kellogg Boulevard in downtown Saint Paul is made up of several complex and relatively unknown bridges, which were designed to seamlessly integrate with the surrounding sidewalk, roadway, utilities and buildings. Originally built in the 1930s, these bridges are among the 10 most deficient bridges owned by Saint Paul.

This project will result in the closure of Kellogg Boulevard from Market Street to Wabasha Street, the southbound lanes on the Wabasha Bridge, and the northbound lanes of the Exchange Street viaduct for the duration of the project. Local access to parking facilities and businesses will be maintained throughout construction. Posted detours will redirect traffic along 7th Street and Robert Street. (A map of the road closure and detour is available atstpaul.gov/Kellogg.)

“The reconstruction of Kellogg Boulevard is a complex project due to the location and intricacy of the bridges,” said Public Works Director Kathy Lantry. “Because of this, we anticipate unavoidable and significant impacts to downtown traffic. We are working closely with businesses in the area to effectively manage traffic, especially during the many events that occur at the Xcel Energy Center, RiverCentre, and other nearby entertainment destinations during the summer.”

While the project is underway, Ramsey County is planning to start deconstruction of the former Adult Detention Center and Government Center West buildings, which are located adjacent to the project area. The City of Saint Paul is coordinating closely with Ramsey County to ensure that the two projects move forward smoothly.

To help keep the public and businesses informed, the City of Saint Paul will distribute e-alerts ahead of any planned changes in construction or traffic detours. To learn more about the project and sign up to receive regular construction updates, visit stpaul.gov/Kellogg.

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