Weather Delays Completion of Phase Two of Superior Street Reconstruction

Created: October 11, 2019 05:18 PM

A drier than normal summer cooperated nicely with MnDOT construction projects. MnDOT District 1 public affairs coordinator Beth Petrowske said, "We've had a really good construction season this year. We're right on track to get all of our projects done in about two to three weeks."


But the rain we missed caught up with us in the fall. Duluth received more than 8 inches of rain from September 1st to October 11th. The wet stretch caused delays for the second phase of the Superior Street Reconstruction Project. Senior engineer for the project Duncan Schwensohn said, "There's been maybe 3 or 4 days in the last month that they had to stop work altogether, but it makes it more difficult to do the work."

Superior Street construction is now expected to continue until late October or early November. Once again, the completion date depends on cooperating weather conditions, but the city isn't too worried about any potential winter weather creating major problems.

"As long as it doesn't stay, it really isn't that big of a deal. You can still do concrete if you're talking highs in the upper 30s, low 40s, there's easy ways to deal with that," Schwensohn said.

In addition to weather, the original plan for the second phase of the project has to adjust to an Essentia construction project. Instead of Superior Street construction going past 4th Ave E, they now plan to stop at that intersection and use temporary pavement through the winter.

Schwensohn said, "It makes sense just to wait until they're done there and we'll be able to come back in after that and put down the permanent surface that we would plan on getting 20 or 30 years out of."

2020 will be another big construction season for Duluth. The city will move onto the final phase of the Superior Street Reconstruction Project, and MnDOT will begin the Twin Ports Interchange Project.

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