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Cost of Moving Irvin Up to $850,000

Updated: August 09, 2018 06:47 PM

DULUTH, Minn. - The cost of moving the William A. Irvin from the Minnesota Slip is now expected to be $850,000, up from the $600,000 previously estimated. 

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The additional $250,000 will be funded through Duluth's tourism tax. According to a Duluth City Council resolution offered by Zack Filipovich, the money will be made up by an "interfund loan" from the pedestrian slip bridge fund.

The price tag rose because pilings need to be "semi-permanently" installed outside of the slip to guide the Irvin out, the resolution said. 

There are two projects happening in the slip: seawall repairs, which is a city project, and the slip cleanup, which is a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency project. 

A city representative said the Irvin has to be moved for the MPCA work. 

It will be moved to Fraser Shipyard this fall and back to the Minnesota Slip next spring. 

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