City holds public meeting regarding West Superior Street reconstruction project

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The City of Duluth held a community open house today, Tuesday March 7th, regarding the reconstruction of West Superior Street between Carlton and West Michigan Streets.

“This project is really trying to be a transformational project for this entire neighborhood. Some of the goals are we really want to create a place that people want to be, a place that people feel safe in. We want to create a place that has increased mobility options, whether that’s walking, biking, and access to transit,” says Matt Bolf, Project Manager of SEH.

The scope of work for the project includes:

*Full reconstruction of the roadway and utilities.

*Traffic signal study and recommendations.

*Storm water drainage and infrastructure improvements.

*Street lighting replacement and improvement.

*Pedestrian improvements.

*Multimodal improvements for cyclists and other lightweight human and electric powered devices.

Although a great list of project goals, there were some worries about the project from members of the community.

“My fear is that the whole thing will focus around parking. My experience at Lincoln Park, and I frequent it often by car and in the summer by bike, is that I have a hard time getting a seat at a business. I have an easier time getting a parking spot, than a seat at a businesses,” says Mike Casey, a local resident.

Project design and engineering will occur through 2024, with construction scheduled to take place from 2025- 2028. Funding for the project will come from a Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) federal grant, Municipal State Aid for Streets, and utility funds.

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