The southbound lane of Mississippi River Boulevard will be closed to motor vehicle traffic from now through mid-July between Ford Parkway and Pelham Boulevard. Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter announced the lane closure in early April to encourage the greater use of the boulevard by bicyclists and pedestrians. The extra space is intended to accommodate social distancing in light of ongoing concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Mayor Carter also closed to motor vehicle traffic three other city parkways during the same period: East Como Lake Drive between East Como Boulevard and Lexington Parkway in Como Park, East Shore Drive between Johnson Parkway and Arlington Avenue in Phalen Park, and Cherokee Heights Boulevard between Baker and Annapolis streets in Cherokee Park.  

— Jane McClure

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