Updated: 06/03/2014 11:30 PM
Created: 06/03/2014 11:28 PM WDIO.com
By: Zach Hammer
Duluth's Fourth Street is traveled by more than 9,000 vehicles every day. City and county engineers want some of those drivers, along with the countless bicyclists and pedestrians who use the Hillside thoroughfare, to have a say in what it will look like after an upcoming facelift.
Two miles of the street from 6th Avenue East to Wallace Avenue is slated for a big renovation in 2016.
Engineers are considering adding accommodations like on-street bike lanes, multi-use trails, and a little greenery.
"Trees and bikes are two of the hottest topics on this project," Steve Krasaway, a resident engineer with St. Louis County, said at the first public input session on the project. "We want to accommodate the bicyclists. kind of a city plan, a county plan to accommodate the bicyclists, the motorists, and transit users."
Krasaway says the stretch is definitely in need of repair both above the ground and below. The utilities running underneath the street are several decades old and the aging infrastructure led to many water main breaks over our harsh winter.
Although another has yet to be scheduled, Krasaway says many more public meetings will be held over the next year and a half.
For more on the project, click here.
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