18.6 Miles of Duluth Roads to be Repaired in 2020

Updated: September 11, 2019 06:24 PM

In her 2019 address, Mayor Emily Larson proclaimed that the quality of one’s streets and parks should not be determined by their zip code. At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, the public learned that 18.6 miles of streets all over Duluth will be repaired in 2020.

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"If you look at the maps, its spread out through from one end of the town to the other. From all the way to the farthest West in Fond du Lac out to the expressway out East. So a little bit over every part of the city,” Chad Bednar, Manager of Street Maintenance said.

The projects are not reconstructions, but rather repairs so Bednar anticipates that they will be in and out of neighborhoods quickly.

“It’s mostly mill off the existing asphalt and then recycle that and then lay down new pavement so they’re just milling overlays, so there won’t be any pothole work really but the pot holes will be gone when it’s all done,” Bednar explained.

The roads were chosen based on whether or not construction crews would have to do utility work beneath them.

To see a list of roads in the project, click here.

“They made sure there weren't any roads on the list that needed full reconstruction or utilities underneath because that would be much more expensive and once Superior street is done, they'll be trying to marry some of the projects with infrastructure underneath that needs to be replaced but they just made sure that it was geographically equitable and did the roads that needed it the most,” Bednar explained.

Construction on the project is set to begin in May.

“I think it’s great that we can announce that we’re doing 18.6 miles in 2020. That’s 15 more miles than we’ve done in the past or compared in the past,” Jim Benning, Public Works Utilities Director said.

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