Starting Wednesday, May 13, Maria Avenue will close for the Maria Avenue Calming Project. Completion of this work is one of the conditions the City of Saint Paul established for Metropolitan State University’s occupancy of the new parking ramp. This project makes Maria Avenue more pedestrian friendly by slowing vehicles through new design features. Furthermore, this work will provide better access to the parking ramp and the Founders Hall/Saint John’s Hall/New Main courtyard, add additional lights to the area, widen the courtyard sidewalks and repave the pavement.
The Maria Avenue Calming Project is expected to run from May 13 through July 31.
Maria Avenue will be closed between Seventh Street and Sixth Street with the installation of fencing and barriers. The courtyard will be closed to vehicle access, and pedestrian use of the courtyard will be limited to walking between Saint John’s Hall, Founders Hall and New Main. Because the Maria Avenue sidewalk will close, the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES) will have a temporary path created from the bus stop on 7th Street to their entrance near Saint John’s Hall.
Pedestrian access to the campus along Sixth Street will be located at the mid-level plaza and will allow entry to the tunnel system between Founders Hall and New Main.
Parking, ADA access and shuttle info
All ADA access to the campus will be from the Saint Paul Campus Library or from the entrances in the Seventh Street lot. The Union Depot shuttle bus, as well as Metro Mobility buses, will drop off and pick up at the Seventh Street lot by the Educated Palette entrance to New Main (beneath the library skyway). Moving the shuttle to Seventh Street may increase transit times by a few minutes.
Saint Paul Campus parkers are encouraged to park at the Union Depot lot and ride the shuttle to campus for the duration of this project, as street parking may be limited. For more details on the lot and shuttle, visit Metropolitan State’s Interim Parking web page.
Students with concerns or questions about campus accessibility are invited to contact Disability Services at 651-793-1549 or firstname.lastname@example.org.