Friday, April 6, 2007

Wave Goodbye to the Snowman—Hwy 36 is Under Construction!

East and West bound commuters won’t be able to wave at Frosty this summer. The North St. Paul Snowman located on the south side of Margaret St. on Highway 36 will be tied up in the construction project that will affectively split the town in two for the summer.

The business community will remain open but the spring Crazy Days festival is cancelled this year. A temporary Detour Days will be celebrated in its place. Antique and custom car enthusiasts may have to find another venue this summer as the Friday Night Car Show which is a huge tradition in North St. Paul, may not be able to go on this summer. No final decisions will be made on the car show until the construction starts and the organizers have a better handle on the traffic situation.

This will not only cause traffic to detour, the many users of the popular
Gateway Trail will have to go out of their way as they travel this section of road between Stillwater and Maplewood in Ramsey County.

Although this project poses a few headaches that will continue through the fall, per the
Minnesota Department of Transportation website the final outcome includes:

  • A diamond interchange at Hwy 36 and McKnight

  • A diamond interchange at Hwy 36 and McKnight

  • A bridge to carry traffic over Margaret St.

  • A pedestrian bridge over the highway

  • A tunnel for the Gateway Trail at Margaret St.

  • A frontage road from McKnight to First St.Auxiliary lanes for Hwy 36 between White Bear Ave. and McKnight Rd

The Minnesota DOT has other big projects scheduled for 2007.

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