Superior Street Reconstruction Word on the Street Weekly Update

Superior Street, in front of the new Maurices Headquarters. Howie Hanson / Twin Ports News

Wrap-up of This Week

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

. Installation and testing of concrete at 5th Ave. W. was completed.

. Sidewalk removal and utility upgrades have begun on the north side of Superior Street beginning on 4th Avenue W (headed East). The project reached the Phoenix Building, The Frame Corner and Duluth Camera Exchange this week. Temporary sidewalks were installed following this portion of utility updates.

. Electrical duct work was laid between 5th Ave. W and 6th Ave. W.

. The Gateway retaining wall concrete work was completed for this phase of the project.

What to Expect July 9-14

. Access to businesses and residences remain open.

. 5th Ave. W. will be opened to vehicular traffic officially on Monday, July 9.

. Sidewalk removal and utility upgrades will continue Monday with the India Palace building going first and will progress one building at a time to ensure business accessibility throughout the scope of work. Temporary sidewalks will be installed following this portion of utility work. The majority of businesses on the north side are accessible by skywalk. For those few properties without alternate entries, Northland Constructors will make every attempt to reduce the disruption of sidewalk removal and enable some public access to those businesses.

. Work will begin on updating the retaining wall to the East of Gateway Tower.

. Hot water lines will be installed from 5th Ave. W. headed east.

5th Avenue W Intersection Opening Date

5th Ave. W. is estimated to be opened for vehicular traffic on 5th Ave. W officially on July 9. Join us July 9 at 10:15 am for a celebration at the downtown library plaza.

This opening is timed with the closing of the lower portion of Mesaba Ave below W 3rd Street also starting July 9. For more details about detours and closures on MNDOT’s project, visit

Greater Downtown Council’s Sidewalk Days Festival Next Week!

Mark your calendar for the Greater Downtown Council’s Sidewalk Days Festival July 11-13. Superior Street will be blocked off for the event from 3rd Avenue West to Lake Avenue. Many businesses within the construction zone will be out in the Holiday Center block, plus maurices will move down to its former location in the 100 West Superior Street block with great deals. Don’t miss it!

There will also be a City table where people can purchase commemorative bricks for $15 each.

Detour Routes

. Pedestrian Access Route Maps are located in kiosks on each avenue

. Please use the following link to review vehicle detours

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:

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.

. See it, hear it, feel it. The “Love downtown Duluth” tv and radio ads are up and running.

. Due to their popularity, all of the historic walking tours for July and August highlighting Superior Street organized by the City and Duluth Experience have been booked solid. The team does a great job! More are scheduled for phase 2 and 3 construction as well.

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