May 25, 2023 - News

Council OKs Summit Avenue redesign with raised bikeway

Summit Avenue in St. Paul

Summit Avenue's redesign has been one of the most contentious issues before the city council. Photo: Nick Halter/Axios

Summit Avenue would get an elevated bikeway separated from traffic under a plan approved by the St. Paul City Council late Wednesday night.

Catch up fast: The redesign of the historic, 4.5-miles thoroughfare has been one of the most contentious issues before the City Council in recent years.

  • The bikeway passed on a 6-1 vote after four hours of testimony, the Pioneer Press reported. Council Member Jane Prince (Ward 7) was the lone no vote.

Details: Opponents have raised concerns about a loss of trees on the entire stretch and a loss of parking on the section east of Lexington Avenue.

  • Supporters say the bikeway will be safer and more comfortable for those who don't like cycling alongside traffic (Summit currently has an on-street bike lane at the same grade as vehicles).

Yes, but: The broader, $100 million plan to overhaul the street still needs to be funded.

  • It will be done in phases, and officials expect it to take as long as 10-15 years to complete.
  • The bikeway will add $12 million to the project budget.
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