Construction soon will be under way on a project to improve safety at the intersection of Cretin and Summit avenues by installing larger sidewalks on the Summit medians and larger areas on which pedestrians can stand on the four corners.
Opus Design Build, which also is building the adjacent Anderson Student Center and Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex on the St. Thomas campus, will carry out the Summit-Cretin intersection project. It is scheduled to be completed by Labor Day.
A plan approved by the St. Paul Heritage Preservation Commission in April calls for the following:
Detours are not expected for motorists during the project, but pedestrians will need to take alternative routes on occasion.
In addition, the city will change traffic signals at the intersection of Cretin and Grand avenues to improve traffic flow. Left-turn arrows will be installed for northbound and southbound traffic, allowing motorists to more easily turn into the south campus or onto eastbound Grand from Cretin.
The changes in the intersections followed a yearlong study as part of an Environmental Assessment Worksheet review of the student center and athletic and recreation center. St. Thomas and the West Summit Neighborhood Advisory Committee worked closely with Opus and SRF Consulting, which conducted the EAW review for the city, to develop a plan that would enhance pedestrian safety without compromising vehicular traffic.