Cope Avenue Improvements

About the Project:

The Cope Avenue Improvements is a street and utility project slated for summer 2022 construction.  It includes the removal and replacement of the failing pavement section, replacement of concrete curb and gutter, minor upgrades to the storm sewer and sanitary sewer systems, replacement of the existing cast iron water main, the installation of a sidewalk along the north side of Cope Avenue, and the reconfiguration of the existing road layout on Cope Avenue.

As part of the feasibility process, an opportunity was identified for reconfiguring the roadway to better fit traffic demands, improve pedestrian and bicyclist access and safety, reduce unnecessary impervious surfaces, meet adjacent property owner needs, and slow and improve traffic safety along the corridor. Analysis shows the street layout can be significantly modified to achieve these goals, while reducing overall project costs. The new layout can be viewed at the link below.

Cope Avenue Street Layout Modifications 

Project Status: 

Construction on this project is underway and will occur between June and November of 2022. This project will be constructed under through-traffic conditions. Area businesses will remain open and accessible throughout construction.

Update: 9/22/2022

All of the water main has been installed in the project area and has passed testing. The contractor will be connecting water services to the new main and removing the temporary water systems from the boulevards over the upcoming week. The remainder of the utility work (mainly storm sewer installations) will be completed in the upcoming week as well. 

Cope Avenue, between Hazelwood Street and a few hundred feet east of English Street, will be reclaimed (ground up) Wednesday September 28th. The contractor will then begin shaping the reclaim and compacting it over the following week. We're hoping to see curb going in this area in the next couple of weeks.

Concrete curbing will be installed along Cope through the Knucklehead Lake area (just east of Hazelwood Street) on Friday September 30th or early the following week. The first layer of pavement will be installed shortly thereafter.

Overall this project remains on track to be completed this construction season. Please continue to follow construction signage, traffic control devices and construction personnel to navigate through the site safely. Access to businesses and properties along the corridor will be available throughout construction.

Please note that schedules for a project like this can change by the minute. The schedule information above provides a general idea of upcoming work. If you have a question or concern about the project, please feel free to reach out to the Project Team listed on the right-hand side of this page. For non-emergency type issues, please use our project 'Fix-It page' to report your concern by clicking the 'Report a Project Issue' link in the upper-right portion of this page. This system will send your concern directly to the project inspector in the field.

We sincerely thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work together to make these improvements along Cope Avenue.

Project Documents: 

Report a Project Issue


Project Contacts:

Tyler Strong

Project Manager 

Tyler.Strong@maplewoodmn.gov

(651) 249-2402

Andy Engstrom

Maplewood Project Inspector

Andy.Engstrom@maplewoodmn.gov 

(651) 249-2415

Randy Lindblom

Maplewood Business Liaison 

Randy.Lindblom@maplewoodmn.gov

(651) 249-2410