Cities OK plans for County Road C rebuild

courtesy of Google Maps Work planned to begin in the spring of 2019 to rebuild County Road C will run from Highway 88 in St. Anthony to Long Lake Road in Roseville, as seen in red.

Ramsey and Hennepin counties are well on their way to reconstructing a stretch of County Road C in St. Anthony and Roseville, with work slated to begin spring 2019.

The St. Anthony City Council gave its blessings to plans for the $11 million Ramsey County-led project at its Nov. 27 meeting; Roseville gave the go-ahead in September.

A representative from Alliant Engineering, which is consulting on the project, detailed the project for the St. Anthony council. 

Perhaps the most noteworthy element of the planned work, which will run from Highway 88 east into Roseville to Long Lake Road, is a trail that will run on the south side of County Road C, which will fill a gap in area bike and pedestrian facilities. The project area currently has no trails or sidewalks.

The eight-foot-wide trail will be accompanied by a new sidewalk on the north side of the county road that will be built through the east half of the project area.

As for road-focused work, it’ll be a complete pavement replacement, as sections of County Road C, first built in 1979, have failed in recent years. Other work will include new signals and alignments at some of the intersections in the project area to improve traffic flow and to better accommodate semi-truck traffic, which is frequent in the industrial corridor.


Costs and what’s to come

The majority of the work will be paid for by county state aid funds, special assessments to the properties that will benefit from the work and contributions from the cities.

According to St. Anthony City Manager Mark Casey, St. Anthony is on the hook for about $560,000, which is mostly being used to pay for sewer, water main and drainage improvements piggybacking on the work. Hennepin County, whose jurisdiction accounts for a third of the work area, is putting in nearly $240,000 that’s reducing St. Anthony’s share of the costs.

Roseville is putting in roughly $900,000, according to Public Works Director Marc Culver. That price tag is associated with work that will extend onto Walnut Street and Long Lake Road. Culver said the Roseville City Council will look at the possibility of levying assessments to properties in the project area at a meeting early next year.

Assuming work in the run-up goes as planned, work on the County Road C rebuild should begin in May or June 2019, and finish up as the construction season comes to an end.

The Alliant representative said the county road will remain open during construction out of necessity, since it’s the only access to many businesses along it. Work will begin on the north side of County Road C, and traffic will be reduced to a single lane in both directions.

The work will be coordinated with the MnPASS lane project that will commence around the same time on Interstate 35W. 

“We also understand that MnPASS is bigger than all of us, so we’ll keep that in mind as we work on 88 and County Road C,” said St. Anthony Mayor Jerry Faust.

Faust said during the meeting that St. Anthony had asked Hennepin County about the possibility of altering the turn lane from northbound Highway 88 onto eastbound County Road C. The long, moderate curve allows drivers to enter County Road C at fast speeds.

The county said such a change wasn’t in the cards for the 2019 round of work on the county road, though City Engineer Todd Hubmer told the council it was an issue he was willing to press.

“It’s still out there to get worked on in the future,” he said.


–Mike Munzenrider can be reached at or 651-748-7813. 

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