Ford Parkway Renovation

Ford Parkway Snelling to Howell


Project Postponed until 2017
Update from Ramsey County – January 2016 

Ford Parkway (County Road 42) will be resurfaced between the river bridge and Howell St. in Saint Paul. The surface layer of the roadway will be removed and replaced with new asphalt. Curbs at intersections will be replaced with new, accessible ramps for pedestrians.

Work is anticipated to begin in the summer or fall of 2016 and will take about two weeks


Update from Ramsey County – June 17, 2015 

Beginning July 20, through traffic and parking on Ford Parkway between Howell St. and Snelling Avenues will be prohibited for approximately three months due to construction. Intersections at Davern, Macalaster and Howell streets will be closed and impassable. Motorists are advised to follow posted detours:
– Via Fairview, Randolph and Snelling avenues
– Via Cleveland/St. Paul, Montreal and Snelling Avenues

Ford Parkway is being reconstructed between Howell St. and Snelling Ave. in Saint Paul. The existing roadway and water main will be removed and replaced. Improvements will be made to the sanitary and storm sewers. Traffic signals at Snelling Ave. and Fairview Ave. and street lighting will be upgraded. Sidewalk curbs at intersections will be replaced with new, accessible ramps for pedestrians.

Update from Ramsey County – May 20, 2015

Ramsey County has set a start date for Ford Parkway reconstruction.  Phase 1 of the project is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 26th and will shutdown Ford Parkway between Snelling Avenue and Fairview Avenue for approximately 3 months. The contractor will begin with pavement
removals and start utility work.

Ford Parkway Construction to Start June 1, 2015- Please watch for detours and plan ahead

The road will be constructed in 3 phases and traffic lanes will not be maintained through the site.  Ford Parkway will be totally impassable in sections:

  • 100 days closed from Snelling to Fairview
  • 60 days closed from Fairview to 400 feet past Howell
  • 21 days closed at Fairview (all Fairview traffic must be detoured, bikes and peds too)


October 21st Community Meeting

Highland Park Community Center, 6:00 -8:00 PM

Mailed to all residents within 3 blocks of the project Meeting Notification 10-21-14

Ford Parkway Proposed Typical Section

Update from Ramsey County (September 2014)

Design plans are progressing and a mid October date will be set for the fall meeting.  The temporary median has been removed and the counts will be finished up next week to aid in the decision.  Ramsey County is working with Met Transit mainly on the proposed BRT route that has stops at Snelling and Fariview in the project area.  More information to follow.

Ramsey County has identified Ford Parkway to be reconstructed in 2015 from  Snelling Avenue to approximately 400 feet west of Howell Street.

Part of the project includes construction of a center planted median, which is proposed to extend through Macalester Street. The purpose of extending the median through Macalester Street is to improve safety by eliminating left turns and through traffic on Macalester Street and providing a median refuge area for pedestrians. The enclosed drawing shows the proposed median and crosswalk.

Ramsey County conducted turning movement traffic counts at the Macalester Street/Ford Parkway intersection and anticipates a minimal increase in traffic on the adjacent local roads. If a median is constructed, an expected increase in vehicle traffic for local roads such as Davern Street, Hillcrest Avenue, and Pinehurst Avenue would be an additional 10 vehicles per hour during the peak hour traffic between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Resolution of Support for a bike lane median variance