Jackson Street in downtown St. Paul now features new concrete pavement, new underground utilities and bituminous elevated bike lanes that connect the city’s downtown bike loop with the Sam Morgan Regional Trail.

Touted as the first of its kind in the United States and inspired by the Netherlands, the new two-way bike lanes are elevated to the sidewalk level and separated from the roadway itself.

Prior to reconstruction, Jackson Street carried two lanes of one-way traffic and allowed for two lanes of on-street parking. The new design takes half of the parking and turns it into a curb-protected bike lane.

This summer, the Jackson Street bike route will be extended to University Avenue, where it will connect to the Gateway State Trail.

Project description

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper, the Capital City Bikeway master plan envisions future segments of the elevated bike lanes running along Kellogg Boulevard from Jackson Street to John Ireland Boulevard and along St. Peter Street from Kellogg to John Ireland.

Between Jackson and St. Peter, the northern leg of the bikeway will run along 9th and 10th streets, jutting across the freeway and through the Minnesota History Center parking lot.

The reconstruction of Jackson Street from Shepard Road to 11th street replaces a deteriorating 50-year-old concrete road, its sidewalks and the sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water lines below. The project also includes new landscaping, streetlights and traffic signals.

The first phase of the project, from Shepard Road to Seventh Place, was completed in 2016. The second phase, from Seventh Place to 11th street began in March of 2017 and is expected to be completed this fall.

Assistant City Engineer Kevin Nelson said the city selected concrete for the project because of the roadway’s heavy bus and truck traffic and the product’s durability. To minimize disruption to the businesses and traffic flow and to maintain access to parking ramps, the city kept one lane of the cross streets open throughout the reconstruction.

Once completed, the construction project’s total cost (engineering and inspection included) is projected to be $16.5 million. The City of St. Paul financing sources are: 8-80 Special Bonds, sewer fund, water utility funds, TIF funds, direct property assessments.

Project Dates

Phase One: May 2016-October 2016 Phase Two: Work began in March 2017

Project details for Phase 1

• Concrete depth: 8.5 inches with 6 inches of Class 5 Aggregate sub base
• Total project length: .65 miles
• Total Concrete Placed: 6,200 CY, including concrete used for pavement, curb, gutter and sidewalks
• Total Asphalt Placed: 400 Tons or (200 CY) for bike lanes


Owner: City of St. Paul. MN
Project Lead: City of St. Paul, MN (Assistant City Engineer, Kevin Nelson)
Project Designers: Toole Design Group, Minneapolis, MN and Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH), St. Paul, MN
Prime Contractor: Veit & Company, Rogers, MN
Concrete contractor: Hovland, Inc., Duluth, MN
Ready Mix Concrete Producer: Cemstone, St. Paul, MN
Asphalt Contractor: Bituminous Roadways, Inc, Mendota Heights, MN

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