5 St. Paul Roads Will See Reduced Speed Limits

June 06, 2018 06:43 PM

Cretin Avenue is one of the busiest roads in St. Paul. 

 Around 26,000 cars drive up and down the road every day. And it is known for heavy traffic, speeding and accidents.


"It feels kind of dangerous at times, especially because the two lanes or four lanes aren't separated," said Lynn Curtanr, who has resided in the Union Park neighborhood for 35 years.

"So people are going like 50 mph about that far apart."

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But there's change in the air for Cretin and five other roads in the city:

Cretin; Fillmore Street from State Street to Plato Boulevard East; Wabasha Street from Cesar Chavez Street to Kellogg Boulevard; Cesar Chavez Street from Anita Street to Highway 52; Mississippi Street from University Avenue to Phalen Boulevard.

Those roads are now designated urban districts. Designating the streets as such means decreasing speed limits from 35 to 30 miles per hour.

"When you reduce speed to 30 (mph), the safety increases," said Samantha Henningson, who represents Ward 4 on the St. Paul City Council.

"The stopping distance increases because when you're going faster, and you're at 40 miles per hour versus 30 miles per hour, your chance of fatality is 85 percent."

Henningson said the accident rate must come down.

"It was like 377 crashes over a 10-year period between 2006 and 2015 from I-94 to Grand Avenue, " she said.

Lynn too thinks it's a great idea. But only if enforcement is behind it.

"35 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour won't make any difference unless the speed limit is enforced," he said.



Todd Wilson

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