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COVID-19 not delaying final phase of Superior Street project

Baihly Warfield
Updated: March 26, 2020 10:25 PM

DULUTH, Minn. - With two summers down and one to go, Mayor Emily Larson said the novel coronavirus will not disrupt the final phase of the Superior Street reconstruction project. 

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She said she's been in contact with the governor's office, and those types of projects will not be shut down with his Stay at Home order. 

"Roadwork, construction, Superior St., those kinds of projects, they will continue," Larson said. "We are going ahead on those in part because that's money we have ready for that, those are projects that are ready to go, those are things that need to happen." 

This summer, crews are set to rip up and reconstruct the section between Lake Ave. and 3rd Ave. W, including the busy Lake Avenue-Superior Street intersection. 

"We are moving ahead because we really do believe in our bright future," Larson said. 

She acknowledged some adjustments may need to be made to keep workers safe and healthy. But she hopes just seeing these projects go forward is an indication of better days ahead.

"People feel anxious and worried and nervous and uncertain. And so there is that visual, that connection that you build and invest in things when you believe in yourself. You build and invest in things when you think there's something on the other side of this," she said.

Signs will be posted on Monday, March 30, warning drivers the street will soon be closed. Barricades will go up April 6. 

Crews will tackle the Lake Avenue-Superior Street intersection first, and some avenues will be closed. 

"I think people will really appreciate seeing that there is this investment in what comes after because there will be an after. We are going to get there," Larson said. 

There will be no weekly in-person updates due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but the city will host a conference call instead. The first one is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 21. Updates are also posted at superiorstreet.org

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