Summit Ave repair and bike trail stirs debate in St. Paul
- The City of St. Paul is proposing a $100 million reconstruction of the aging Summit Avenue, including the creation of raised and separated bike lanes.
- Members of the St. Paul Bicycle Coalition endorse the city’s proposal and say the separated bike lanes with buffers would make the historic street safer. However, citizen group Save Our Streets (SOS) opposes the plan due to the impact it could have on the historic nature of the street and the mature trees that line it.
- There’s a public meeting tonight on the trail proposal and another meeting on April 17. The proposal is expected to go before the St. Paul City Council in May.
St. Paul city leaders say upgrades to Summit Avenue are imperative because William Howard Taft was president the last time the street was reconstructed.
“And what that means is not just that there are old utilities under there — we have a water main under Summit that was put in 1888. There is also the roadbed itself that keeps things stable, it’s fractured and broken,” St. Paul Public Works Director Sean Kershaw told FOX 9.