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Phase II of the Lakewalk Reconstruction Project is Underway

Brandon Weathers
Created: June 24, 2019 05:22 PM

Gates went up closing the section of the Lakewalk from Fitger's to the Northland Vietnam Veterans Memorial Monday for Phase II of the Lakewalk reconstruction project. Wayfinding detour signs lead pedestrians around the construction zone.

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Construction project supervisor for the City of Duluth Michael LeBeau said construction will begin later this week, after they mark the buried utility lines. Weather dependent, LeBeau expects the project to be complete with the Lakewalk open sometime in late August and mid-September.

"Unfortunately, this kind of construction overlaps with the tourist season and the nice weather when we all want to be out enjoying the lake and the lake shore," LeBeau said.

The Phase II stretch happens to be on the route of Ben and Kate Graham's daily walk with their dogs Ranger and Mac, but they don't mind.

Ben said, "It'll be worth it in the end for sure. Can't wait to see it complete." 

"We can still go up and around, so there's still places to walk," Kate said, "We're looking forward for it being done because it'll be nicer to walk on, maybe a little sturdier in the storms."

Sturdy is what the city is going for. The design uses modern coastal engineering methods with large stones and a concrete retaining wall. LeBeau said, "The goal is that this is a long-term investment that's not gonna break right away again."

The new design is also intended to reduce traffic flow in the long run. “It was always very congested here during the summer. Pedestrians, bicyclists, people with baby strollers, it was crowded. So we’re making it a little bit wider to accommodate that increasing popularity,” LeBeau said.

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