The District 10 Como Community Council voted Jan. 16 to support four of five infrastructure projects that the city of St. Paul is proposing for the intersection of Como Avenue, Front Avenue and Dale Street. The projects are part of a $350,000 Commercial Vitality Zone initiative that the St. Paul City Council authorized in 2015.
The District 10 board voted to support:
- Painting higher visibility crosswalks in all current locations and painting stop bars ahead of the crosswalks, in hopes of discouraging drivers from encroaching on the crosswalks
- Painting green lane extensions across the intersection for the Como bike lanes
- Installing landscaping
- Moving the bus stop on northbound Dale from in front of the strip mall to the south side of the intersection (in front of John’s Pizza Café)
The board did not support a proposal to eliminate the dedicated right-turn lane from southbound Como to westbound Front. That proposal would replace the lane by expanding the existing pedestrian island and shortening the crosswalk on Como.
The board’s actions came after it conducted an online survey that received more than 525 responses. Details of the survey results and of the proposed infrastructure projects can be found on the District 10 website, www.district10comopark.org.