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Mission Creek Bridge Replacement Project Set for 2024

Brandon Weathers
Created: February 27, 2020 09:21 PM

A week after the final design concept for the Mission Creek Cemetery was announced, MnDOT has moved forward with the Highway 23 bridge replacement.

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The original project was canceled in 2017 when a burial site in the Fond du Lac neighborhood was desecrated. Now the project development process is starting back at stage one. Thursday night, MnDOT held the first public open house to present the conceptual layout of the Mission Creek bridge and Highway 23 realignment.

The project will start at the St. Louis River bridge and follow close to a mile along Highway 23 to West 5th Street. Plans include a sidewalk on the south side of the highway and a 10 foot wide multi-purpose trail on the north side.

Highway 23 traffic will be bypassed during construction which is set to begin and end in 2024.

MnDOT project manager Randy Costley said, "It's still a ways out. Our highway development process takes a long time. There's a lot of steps to go through, and of course, we're in a very culturally sensitive area, so no short cuts. We're going to do all of the reviews by the book."

MnDOT will continue to hold regular meetings where the public is invited to share their thoughts on the process.

The budget for the 2024 project is $4 million. The original project had a $3 million budget, but according to the Duluth News Tribune, the overall project will now cost $20 million.

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