The Dale Street bridge over I-94 in St.. Paul isn't wide enough to handle the volume of traffic and pedestrians that cross it each day. So it's going to be replaced, but not until 2018.

The project is still in the conceptual stage, but it calls for the bridge to be rebuilt to include through lanes and left turn lanes to accommodate higher traffic volumes and facilitate better traffic flow, the county says.

Plans also call for a shoulder on each side of the bridge and wider sidewalks to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. Dale Street will be repaved between Central and University avenues

Last year, Ramsey County was awarded $5.6 million in federal funding and the Ramsey County Public Works department has allocated about $1.5 million in local matching funds to pay for it.

The original bridge dates to 1961 and was last expanded in 1983.

The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 285 N. Dale Street, St. Paul.

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