Superior Street reopens after flash flooding

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Duluth City officials say Superior Street is open to traffic once again. The roadway, between Lake Avenue and Second Avenue E was closed after heavy rainfall washed mud and debris onto Superior Street overnight on Monday. Superior Street was reopened just before 2:30 PM on Tuesday.

The City says a contractor will be examining the First Avenue E construction site to determine how much damage it sustained and how long restoration will take. It is expected that this will delay the reopening of First Avenue E.

Earlier Story: Superior Street is currently closed at Lake Avenue and Second Avenue East.

This is due to intense rainfall that fell overnight on Monday, September 11th, where portions of Duluth saw two to four inches of rain fall in roughly an hour.

This has caused about 1000 cubic yards of material to wash out into Superior Street and make the road impassable.

Existing detours are signed for other construction projects in that area using First Avenue West, Fourth Street, and Second Avenue East.

Duluth city officials say a city contractor is working as quickly as possible to remove the material and reopen the road by the end of the day.

The contractor and city leaders will be evaluating the First Avenue East construction site to determine how much damage has taken place due to the flooding.

Officials say this is expected to delay the reopening of First Avenue East.

For more information, contact the City of Duluth Engineering division at 218-730-5200.