Superior Street Reconstruction Word on the Street Weekly Update June 18-22

Wrap-up of This Week

Installation on the top of the retaining wall next to the Gateway Building is ongoing.

Removal of 100-year-old steam heating system has continued into the 400 block. The removal of the existing Duluth Energy Heating System involves the mitigation and removal of the existing asbestos containing steam pipes that have been serving downtown Duluth for over 100 years. The removal of these pipes are performed by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor and on site environmental monitoring ensures worker and public safety.

The installation of storm sewer pipe has continued on 4th Ave. W.

New hot water pipe, insulation and jacket for the heating system has been placed on 5th Ave W.

Electrical duct installation has begun on 5th Ave. W.

What to Expect June 24-30

Access to all businesses and residences remain open.

Continued work on 4th Ave W and 5th Ave W intersections.

Concrete work to continue for the retaining wall next to the Gateway Building

Continued removal of Duluth Energy Heating System

Curb to be poured on 5th Ave W by beginning of next week

Stormwater pipe installation is ongoing

Continued installation of hot water pipe along project site

5th Avenue W Intersection Opening Date Adjustment

Due to additional work on an underground tunnel and the change in dates with MnDOT’s Mesaba Avenue Project, the City of Duluth has extended the open date for vehicular traffic on 5th Ave. W to July 7th.

Weekly Meeting

All are welcome at the weekly construction update meeting every Tuesday at 10:00 am at the Radisson Hotel in the Missabe Room.

Live Feed

You can see a live feed of the construction site anytime using this link:

Detour Routes

Pedestrian Access Route Maps are located in kiosks on each avenue

Please use the following link to review vehicle detours

Parking Ramps

Many ramps are offering free parking if you enter and leave within an hour. For those accessing businesses in the construction zone, the following ramps are participating:

Civic Center Ramp—410 W. First Street

4th Avenue Auto Park—402 W. Michigan Street

Duluth Transportation Center—228 W. Michigan Street

US Bank Ramp—115 W. Michigan Street

Love Downtown Duluth – Love Notes

Please remind patrons, family and friends to support businesses in the affected construction zone throughout construction season.

The Clean and Safe Team (in bright yellow shirts) are helpful construction navigators so look for them in the skywalk or on the sidewalks. They are a great resource! Remember to support our local businesses downtown.

Reminder: Sidewalks Days are coming up July 11-13 and all of the fun will be concentrated from Lake Ave to W. 3rd Ave this year.

See it, hear it, feel it. The “Love downtown Duluth” tv and radio ads are running in addition to a special DNT full page ad.

Historic walking tours of Superior Street are being offered at no charge through a partnership with the City and Duluth Experience. First tours are set for June 26 with several more scheduled into August. These tours are available to people of all ages and abilities. Check other dates and details at

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