1st Street starts conversion for two-way traffic

Updated: September 14, 2020 10:16 PM

1st Street starts conversion for two-way traffic | 1st Street starts conversion for two-way traffic |
1st Street has started to convert to two-way traffic as a part of a phased process in the medical district of Duluth.


The city expects to convert the street from Mesaba Avenue to 24th Avenue East over the course of 2 to 3 weeks depending on weather.

Kate Van Daele, the public information officer for city emphasized that the decision to move forward with this project was finalized after input from local businesses and residents.

"A lot of times when you switch from a one way to a two way, businesses and buildings become more visible for pedestrians to access and safety goes up because of different signals and stops that we'll put in place," said Van Daele, "It highlights businesses that are along the way.  Really kind of makes different things pop to your eye." 

This work will require “No Parking” between 21st Avenue East and 14th Avenue East to remove the parking edge line.

The City of Duluth completed a consultant traffic study in 2019 to convert the currently multi-directional First Street traffic to consistent two-way traffic. The stated benefits of the project are: 

• More direct access in the Downtown, Medical, and eastern residential areas, along with better circulation between the three areas;

• Improved business visibility and access;

• Reduction of travel speeds expected between 5 to 10 mph;

• Improved pedestrian safety due to reduced speed, elimination of wrong-way drivers, and changes in traffic control devices;

• Reduced driver delay time given traffic control changes and the ability to take more direct routes to destinations. Reduced response time is also a notable benefit for emergency services.

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