Superior Street Reconstruction Project wins Paving Award

The Superior Street Reconstruction Project caused some frustration amongst Duluthians while it was going on. But all that work has paid off, as the project is getting some statewide recognition.

The Concrete Paving Association of Minnesota (CPAM) has given their "City New Construction Award 2021" to Duluth’s Superior Street from Mesaba Avenue 4th Avenue East. Crews succeeded in addressing significant challenges with schedules, weather, complexity, and the City’s goals.

Award nominations were solicited by CPAM in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). A panel reviewed and rated the submitted survey information, and selected a winner.

A total of 879 working days were completed in phases between Spring 2018 and Fall 2021. The project cost was $31.5 million.

"Road reconstruction projects are complex endeavors that require a strong commitment to safety and coordination. In recognition of our efforts, we are honored to receive the pavement award for the ways we support our city’s critical users and foster economic development: the neighbors, visitors, and businesses that keep downtown vibrant," wrote Brad Scott of LHB, Inc.

"This concrete pavement will serve users for decades to come," said Matt Zeller, CPAM Executive Director. "Its surface will remain smooth, stable, and resilient. Congratulations to the award winners for their commitment to quality and innovation."

Nearly every major utility within the reconstruction corridor was replaced and several new major utility systems were added. With a total project length of over one mile, the project overlapped key connections between the downtown area and the Canal Park tourism and business district, and the Interstate 35 corridor at Lake Avenue and at 5th Avenue West.