St. Paul temporarily closing 4 streets to promote physically distant activities

Wednesday, St. Paul announced the closures of four city streets to vehicle traffic to support physically distant outdoor activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The closures begin April 16 through 18 and will last until mid-July, according to the city. The following roads are affected:

  • East Como Lake Drive from East Como Boulevard to Lexington Parkway,
  • East Shore Drive from Johnson Parkway to Arlington Avenue,
  • Cherokee Heights Boulevard from Baker/Chippewa to Annapolis,
  • Mississippi River Boulevard from Ford Parkway to Pelham Boulevard (southbound vehicle traffic lane will be closed to vehicles, northbound vehicle lane will remain open to vehicle traffic and driveway access).

"Now more than ever, safe outdoor spaces for recreation and exercise are critical to our collective health and wellbeing," Mayor Melvin Carter said. "We invite our residents, workers and visitors to join us in utilizing these spaces as we move through these challenging times together."