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Open house on Snelling Avenue changes and bridge construction

An open house Tuesday night will examine the changes and future of Snelling Avenue in St. Paul.

Sponsored by the Union Park District Council, the Hamline Midway Coalition and District Councils Collaborative of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the open house will look at the community’s long-term ideas for Snelling and show how the Snelling Avenue bridge will look after construction.

The 6 to 7:30 p.m. meeting is at the Dunning Rec Center, 1221 Marshall Ave.

MnDOT officials will be on hand to talk about the project. There will be free pizza and drinks.

Also available is a report from the Snelling Avenue Pedestrian Demonstration Project (PDF). Among its recommendations to improve the “walkability, rollability and bikeability of Snelling from Charles Avenue to Marshall Avenue”:

  • Add boulevards between the sidewalk and road to provide a buffer between pedestrians and vehicles.
  • Add high-visibility crosswalks to increase pedestrian safety and accessibility throughout the corridor. Provide a longer signal time for pedestrians to cross streets. Add more signage that identifies pedestrian crossings.
  • Add aesthetic and wayfinding elements to improve the pedestrian environment and encourage walking.
  • Create a sense of neighborhood entry and place with areas for public art, green space, landscaping, pocket parks and kiosks celebrating local culture, history and commercial nodes.

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