Forest Street may receive bike lanes, further connecting bike infrastructure


courtesy of City of St. Paul • Forest Street is scheduled to be resurfaced this fall. As a part of the construction, the City of St. Paul is planning to add marked bike lanes on Forest between Maryland Avenue and Margaret Street.

Continuing the expansion of St. Paul bike infrastructure, the City of St. Paul is planning to add marked bike lanes on Forest Street between Maryland Avenue and Margaret Street.

The city has the street scheduled this fall for a routine resurfacing project, which will also include some sidewalk repairs.  

A public meeting about the project will be held on Wednesday, June 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Phalen Recreation Center, 1000 Wheelock Parkway E. Preliminary layouts of the project will be shared, city staff will be present to answer questions and comment forms will be available for residents to share their feedback.

According to city documents, the St. Paul Bicycle Plan recommends in-street separated lanes because they add more safety. With the addition of marked bike lanes, one side of parking will be removed from Forest Street between Maryland Avenue and East Seventh Street. 

Right now the proposal is looking to remove parking on the east side of the street. The school bus loading zone will be maintained between Cook and Jessamine avenues. 

While Forest Street will be resurfaced only between Maryland Avenue and East Seventh Street, the bike lanes will be expanded past East Seventh to connect to the Margaret Street bikeway. 

A public hearing and official approval from the city council will take place in August, with it anticipated that the work will begin in September or October. 

St. Paul Public Works spokesperson Ellen Biales said Forest Street is being resurfaced through the city’s street maintenance program, which means that property owners will pay 50 percent of the cost of the project. The cost each property owner pays is based on their amount of street frontage. The total project will cost a little more than $600,000.

 

— Marjorie Otto

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