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Final phase of Superior St. reconstruction underway

Brandon Weathers
Created: April 06, 2020 08:24 PM

The third and final phase of the Superior Street Reconstruction Project got underway Monday.

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Phase III stretches from the Lake Avenue intersection to 3rd Avenue West along Superior Street. Due to COVID-19 concerns, this section of the project comes at a time of decreased traffic flow.

Greater Downtown Council president Kristi Stokes thinks the unique timing will work in favor of downtown businesses.

"What we're hearing from many of our businesses is that they're actually looking forward to construction beginning because this is at a time when many of them are closed or they're dealing with reduced staffing right now," Stokes said, "so it will not be as much of a limitation on them in being able to keep business going."

Ryan Tischer owns Tischer Photographic Gallery on Superior Street adjacent to Lake Avenue.

"I'm not sure where other business owners stand, but personally, I'd rather get the reconstruction and any sort of quarantine out of the way at once rather than have back to back years where you're dealing with significant challenges," Tischer said.

Barricades went up between Lake Avenue and 3rd Avenue West Monday. Pedestrians can still access sidewalks, but the skywalk remains closed due to COVID-19 concerns until at least April 13th.

Similar to the first two phases, Phase III will be under construction for roughly 7 months. Weather permitting, the City of Duluth hopes to complete the three-year project around the end of October.

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