From a multimodal perspective, Cedar Lake Road is arguably the most important corridor in the City of St. Louis Park’s north side. Cedar Lake Road is an essential connection for the city’s long-term sidewalk, bikeway, and trail master plan known as Connect the Park, which motivated the city to transform its transportation system from one with a focus on motorists to one with an emphasis on multimodal travel. This transformation will include a series of sidewalk, bikeway, and trail expansions. It will also include a review of reconstruction projects to serve the community and be more equitable for residents and businesses.
Bolton & Menk evaluated and reimagined the corridor. The outcome meets all user’s needs by adding bikeway facilities to each side; adding pedestrian facilities to the south side; adding turn lanes where warranted; saving the north boulevard and several mature trees; establishing a south boulevard; adding bus bump-ins to keep riders off the street for loading/unloading; and, although parking was reduced, adding parking bays. We also launched a communication plan that emphasized consistent and timely messaging during design and construction, minimizing negative public impact.
These new pedestrian and bicycle facilities along Cedar Lake Road will serve as a safe and efficient transportation option for travelers opting for non-motorized transportation to get around the city.
City Engineers Association of Minnesota – 2019 Project of the Year Honorable Mention