abc
QUICK LINKS:

Tree Removal for Two-mile Reconstruction of Duluth's 4th Street Draws Ire

Updated: 07/24/2014 11:26 PM
Created: 07/24/2014 11:03 PM WDIO.com
By: Zach Hammer
zhammer@wdio.com

The future of Duluth's 4th Street was a heated topic Thursday night, as St. Louis County engineers discussed tree removal plans. 

Some who attended the meeting at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Duluth reacted strongly, with several speaking out of turn during the presentation. Concerned citizens said that community surveys were inaccurate, even drawing comparisons to the controversy-laden Red Plan.

The reconstruction of the Hillside thoroughfare will require removing and replacing all the trees from 6th Avenue East to Wallace Avenue  a roughly two-mile stretch. 

The engineer in charge of the project says that about half of the trees would have to be removed regardless of the project. 

"A lot of the trees are in poor condition right now," Steve Krasaway said. "A lot of them have to be removed due to utility replacement, and a lot of them need to be removed to reconstruct the roadway. In the end, we're going to replant the roadway with more trees than it has right now, with trees that are meant to be in boulevards, and really revitalize the neighborhood."

The replacement plan calls for trees 2-2.5 inches in diameter and 10 to 15 feet high.

Most of the existing trees' root structure would have been irreparably damaged by the street and sidewalk construction, the County concluded. 

The tree removal has also been deemed the only option if bike routes going both directions are to be built with the new Fourth Avenue  an accommodation for which the community has shown overwhelming support, according to Krasaway.

The $8 million project is still in its preliminary design phase. There will be at least two more public meetings before it goes to the Duluth City Council.

Construction is expected to start in 2016.

For more information on the project, click here.

Front Page

  • Authorities Investigating Possible Homicide on the Fond Du Lac Reservation

    Authorities are investigating the death of a 31-year-old woman in Stoney Brook Township on the Fond Du Lac Reservation. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said Monday that they believe the death was an act of violence. One suspect has been taken into custody and authorities are asking for the public's help locating a woman who may have more information.

  • No Criminal Charges for Superior Officer in Controversial Arrest

    Superior Police Chief Charles F. LaGesse announced Monday morning the Bayfield County District Attorney has issued his decision about the actions of Officer George Gothner during the arrest of Natasha Lancour.

  • Crash Survivor Shares Story To Fight Distracted Driving

    An Itasca County woman took the stage at Proctor High School Monday to share her story and raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Paige Anderson was in an accident five years ago when the car she was in was hit by a bus. She's paralyzed from the stomach down and in a wheelchair.

  • Proctor Police Searching for Suspect in Armed Robbery

    The Proctor Police Department is asking for the public's help in their search for the suspect from an armed robbery Sunday night. They say the suspect robbed the Proctor Milk House at gunpoint at about 10:15 p.m.

  • Early Voting Begins in Wisconsin

    Municipal clerks across Wisconsin began accepting ballots Monday. Early voting hours generally run from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. weekdays, however local clerks can set their own hours within those perimeters. Early voting ends Oct. 31.

 
Advertisement