The Minnesota Department of Transportation is preparing the final phase of historic restoration this summer for the Burns Avenue Overlook, located just southeast of the intersection of Burns Avenue and Highway 61 in St. Paul. The final restoration will address reconstruction of the following elements: the driveway, parking areas, walking path, storm sewer, and boulevard. In addition, the manual gate will be replaced with an automatic gate that will limit motor vehicle access during the nighttime, although pedestrian and bicycle access will be allowed.
The final restoration work will begin in mid-August. During the final phase of this project, the overlook will be closed for approximately two months. All work will be done in accordance with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for historic properties, ensuring that the historic elements, including the walls, curbs and other original features will be retained and preserved. Earlier restoration repaired the stone walls and pavement adjacent to the overlook, installed improved picnic tables and trash receptacles, and upgraded the landscaping.
Please contact Don Obernolte, Mn/DOT project manager, at (651) 366-4656 with any questions.