Duluth Rushes to Fix Damaged Streets
Posted at: 10/16/2012 9:50 PM
| Updated at: 10/16/2012 10:21 PM
By: Travis Dill
Almost four months have passed since the June flooding ripped apart bridges, highways and roads in the Northland, but there is still damage to be repaired on many Duluth streets.
The fall weather won't last long, so the City of Duluth has to speed up it's final repairs before winter sets in.
On Tuesday, Duluth's Purchasing Agent, Dennis Sears, sent a letter to the city council that said time was running out.
The letter also stated that repairs were moving forward on five Duluth streets.
Permanent and temporary fixes were listed, but they all must be finished before the ground freezes.
FEMA worker Darek Delille was helping the city crews place asphalt in holes left by flood damage.
He said costs would rise if they don't get the patching done before winter.
“Snow and the ice will get in there. The holes will just get bigger and bigger,” he said.
The repair crew said the patches should last about two years.
Delille said drives will notice the repairs they are making.
“I think it's doing Duluth a lot of good. The streets are looking a lot better. If you ride around and see the fresh patches that's us. They're not holes any longer,” he said.
A steam line was being repaired over on 7th Avenue West. The street has not been open to traffic since the flood.
Resident Erin Bicknese was happy the repairs were finally moving forward.
"Well I'm glad they are finally working on it so we can get through down there. It's been torn up since the flood."