5th Avenue West Reopens as Superior Street Reconstruction Continues

Taylor Holt
Updated: July 09, 2018 07:29 PM

There will now be some pretty relieved drivers in downtown Duluth, as Monday, the City announced 5th Avenue West is reopened for public use.

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The street was open this past weekend, but it was officially announced Monday at a press conference. The street was closed for more than two months due to the Superior Street reconstruction project taking place. 

Mayor Emily Larson says so far in the project, all the infrastructure under the ground has been addressed. The sidewalk rem oval phase of the project began last week, and the water and storm drain installations were done ahead of schedule. Kristi Stokes with the Greater Downtown Council says the opening comes ahead of a busy week ahead.

 "Our Sidewalk Days Festival gets underway this week so it will be great to be able to allow people to access downtown in another way, and that is through 5th Avenue West. It's been so nice to hear people talk about using 5th already, and to be able to have that additional access point," said Stokes.

Stokes says Movies in the Park and the Classic Car Show are other events that will still be happening during the construction. It will just be condensed. Officials say so far this Phase one of the project has been going smoothly. 

A construction worker with Northland Constructors says they have come across a few relics, including uncovering a tunnel underneath 5th Avenue West that has been filled and plugged off. They also say storms have not setback any work.

The City welcomes people coming down to Superior Street to take a look at the work being done, which they say they notice people have been doing.  

All the walking tours that are being offered by Duluth Experience have been completely sold out.


Taylor Holt

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