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What to Expect During Phase 3 of Superior Street Project

Ryan Juntti
Updated: November 19, 2019 08:21 PM

Phase two of the Superior Street reconstruction project just wrapped up last week, but preps for the next phase in the spring are already in full swing.

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Superior Street is again going to be ripped up, but this time between Lake Avenue and Third Avenue West.

"Part of it is going to be kind of neat to be able to see all of that construction going. On the other hand we have client calls and things like that, and clients coming in sometimes for meetings, and that's going to be kind of loud," said Alyssa Friesen, who works in the construction zone at Aimclear.

Like the other sections, workers will put in new utility lines and rebuild the road. During construction, Superior Street will be closed to traffic, but pedestrian access will remain open.

"It's gonna make it more difficult to move around in vehicles downtown but we've gone to great length to maintain pedestrian access and maintain access to the store fronts and the businesses are going to be open," said City of Duluth Senior Engineer Duncan Schwensohn.

Superior Street is only one part of this project. The Lake Avenue Bridge will also be closed from spring to fall. It's going to be resurfaced with new concrete, and there will be bike lanes added along with a left turn lane off of the bridge onto Superior Street.

All that work will cause major detours for people visiting downtown and Canal Park. The 5th Avenue West Bridge will be utilized as the main detour route to get traffic in and out of Canal Park.

"There definitely will be impacts and we'll do what we can to minimize them, but we feel that it's important to get it done this construction season when there's other headaches in the area instead of coming back in a year or two and causing additional problems," said MnDOT Project Manager Doug Kerfeld.

And for some, the finished product will be worth the temporary headache. 

"I'm looking forward to it and seeing Superior Street, and that new, finished look and having that cohesive downtown feel," said Friesen. 

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