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Right of spring: Ramsey County announces 2017 road projects
As temperatures more typical of April may be signaling an early spring, there are more familiar signs the end of winter nears: Ramsey County announced its slate of road projects for 2017.
The Feb. 14 announcement detailed some 33 projects that will happen countywide once construction season begins in a month or two — six of those projects are in the Roseville Review coverage area.
The county gave top billing to two projects outside this newspaper’s coverage area: the completion of resurfacing a stretch of White Bear Avenue in St. Paul and intersection work in Arden Hills and Mounds View to improve access to the Rice Creek Commons development at the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site.
In all, the county says it will resurface some 15 miles of county roads and do other work at a cost of $7.4 million. According to the county, $3.8 million of that cost was covered by a $10 per vehicle wheelage tax approved in 2013 to fund the maintenance of county roads.
The county has been hard at work — its announcement says 15 percent of county roads have been resurfaced in the past three years. Work slated for the Review coverage area is:
• Cleveland Avenue between Iona Lane and Glenpaul Avenue. Work on the roughly 4,500-foot stretch of roadway will include resurfacing, pedestrian curb ramp replacements and gutter repair. The road will be reduced from four lanes to three lanes, reconfigured with a center turn lane.
• County Road B between Sandhurst Drive West and Albemarle Court North. Work on the roughly 3,600-foot stretch will include resurfacing and re-striping of the roadway to add bike lanes. The current parking setup will remain in place.
• County Road B2 at Snelling Avenue. Work will include the installation of new traffic signals and the re-striping of the west ramp at the intersection, adding turn lanes.
• Larpenteur Avenue between Mackubin and Galtier streets. Sidewalks are being built along the roughly 2,500-foot stretch of Larpenteur.
• Larpenteur Avenue at Snelling Avenue. New turn lanes are being installed at the intersection, including a right turn lane on eastbound Larpenteur.
• Victoria Street just north of County Road C. The at-grade railroad crossing will be resurfaced and widened to better accommodate sidewalks on the west side of Victoria.