DTA Names Build and Design Team for New Transit Center
Posted at: 04/01/2013 10:17 PM
| Updated at: 04/03/2013 5:27 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
Duluth Transit Authority announced Monday who will build and design their major new transportation center in downtown Duluth.
Both companies have experience in Duluth. Mortenson Construction was awarded the building bid, they also built Amsoil Arena. While local firm, LHB, helped design the DECC.
The new transportation center will be more than just a city bus stop, it will act as a hub for bicyclists, pedestrians, and potentially a rail someday, too.
"We are going to package the project in such a way that local contractors can complete the work and the local trades people can build the project," said Dan Mehls, Director of Project Development at Mortenson Construction.
With Mortenson Constuction now signed to do the building, DTA's new center, which has been in the works for years, is one step closer to becoming a reality. But first on the agenda is nailing down the design.
"The downtown of Duluth is extremely important to our company," said LHB CEO, Bill Bennett. "We started here, we've grown here, we've prospered here."
It's a $28.9 million project, funded by public dollars. LHB said their number one priority is safety. They have plans to insure a secure center with an indoor terminal with buses around the perimeter.
"That will help with security because they can track who is riding the bus, who's supposed to be there in the transit center, and who's there for other purposes," said project manager, Aaron Kelly.
The new center will also have a bike storage area, a police substation and public parking. A new and expanded skywalk will connect the downtown to the DECC over Interstate 35.
Groundbreaking for the center is set for Fall 2013 with the demolition of the Wells Fargo parking ramp. They have a projected completion date of Spring 2015.