Haines Road Reopens

Posted at: 10/29/2013 4:21 PM | Updated at: 10/30/2013 9:09 AM

It's the largest individual road construction project that St. Louis County public works has ever started. And it's finished up.

Haines Road re-opened to the public on Tuesday, after being closed for 16 months.

The 2.25 mile link between West Duluth and Hermantown is traveled by 7,000 vehicles a day.

There had been plans to upgrade it before the 2012 floods. But the flooding added urgency to the fix. So with some hard work and quick thinking, the project was completed during the 2013 construction season.

Officials gathered to celebrate this on Tuesday morning. The barricades were lifted around 11:30am.

The project means you'll see improvements like two up-bound lanes, wider shoulders, and a sidewalk that has already seen quite a bit of use.

The county said that 44,000 pounds of explosives were used to create the new roadway.

Many partners helped make this project possible, like MnDOT, the DNR, the city of Duluth, LHB Corporation, city of Hermantown, and community groups like the Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores.

Some final finishing work will be done now and next spring.

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