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File #: RES 19-2123    Version: 1 Name: Como Avenue 4-3 Conversion
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 12/18/2019
Title: Requesting that Ramsey County implement a 4-lane to 3-lane conversion on Como Avenue between Canfield Street and Snelling Avenue.
Sponsors: Mitra Jalali
Attachments: 1. Project Location.pdf, 2. Online comment re RES 19-2123
Title
Requesting that Ramsey County implement a 4-lane to 3-lane conversion on Como Avenue between Canfield Street and Snelling Avenue.

Body
WHEREAS, the City of Saint Paul and Ramsey County are collaborating to install improvements on Como Avenue between Raymond Avenue and Hamline Avenue in 2020; and

WHEREAS, the project is a component of the Saint Paul Grand Round and the proposed improvements are consistent with the Grand Round Design and Implementation Plan approved by City Council on 7/19/2017 (RES PH 17-150) as well as the Saint Paul Bicycle Plan approved by City Council on 3/18/2015 (RES PH 15-476); and

WHEREAS, the project scope includes construction of an off-street trail along the north side of Como Avenue between Raymond Avenue and Hamline Avenue, narrowing the street to encourage slower traffic, construction of bumpouts, installation of wayfinding and placemaking elements, and installation of street lighting to improve safety for all roadway users; and

WHEREAS, the project scope also includes reducing the number of travel lanes on Como Avenue between Canfield Street and Snelling Avenue from four to three, commonly referred to as a 4-to-3 conversion; and

WHEREAS, the purpose of the 4-to-3 conversion is to improve safety for all roadway users and encourage slower traffic speeds; and

WHEREAS, a traffic speed study conducted in July 2019 identified 85th percentile traffic speeds at 39 miles per hour in the eastbound direction and 41 miles per hour in the westbound direction, well in excess of the posted 35 mile per hour speed limit; and

WHEREAS, implementing the 4-to-3 conversion requires prohibiting on-street parking on both the north and south sides of Como Avenue between Canfield Street and Snelling Avenue; and

WHEREAS, parking occupancy counts, were performed at representative time periods to measure parking utilization along the corridor; and

WHEREAS, community project meetings were held on 1/15/2019 and 6/18/2019 to present infor...

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Date NameDistrictOpinionCommentAction
12/14/2019 5:22 PMJean Against Really??? Does the city of St. Paul have something against the efficient movement of traffic? This will not outlaw cars or reduce them. What possible positive benefit could this idea have??? It will only serve to increase the traffic jams on Como Avenue. Right now - the afternoon traffic jam backs up from Hamline nearly to Pascal. This move will back that up even further, right through the Snelling/Como intersection and backup people trying to turn onto Como from the northbound Snelling Avenue exit ramp. This will impede the smooth flow of cars through the area, making it harder for residents to get home, walk the dog, pick up their children - live! -1