It is sure to be a busy weekend!  Ken is at Shoot For Fun that benefits Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, I have the UDAC Walk A Mile In Our Shoes, then from 1p-5p the Harold's Fiasco Hog Roast to benefit St. Jude.  There are other events in the Northland this weekend that will enable travel on some roadways.  Here's what you need to know.


Saturday, September 12

Color Splash UV 5K Race

It will be held in Bayfront Park. The 5K run will start at 9:00 p.m. Runners will exit Bayfront Park from the roadway behind the stage and enter onto Harbor Drive behind the DECC. Their turnaround point will be just below the DECC East gate entrance and return on Harbor Drive down the connector to Railroad Street. Runners will take Railroad Street westbound to another turnaround point just before the railroad tracks east of the Ziegler Lot and return on Railroad Street to the DEDA Lot and back inside Bayfront Park.

You can expect traffic closures to begin at 8:30 p.m.  Harbor Drive behind the DECC. Railroad Street will be closed to west bound traffic at the DECC North Gate and at the bottom of the Railroad Street connector. East bound traffic will be blocked at Garfield Avenue.  No traffic will be allowed further east than the race turnaround point near the Ziegler Company so plan accordingly.  Then at about 8:50 p.m. all southbound 5th Avenue West traffic will be diverted down the connector to Railroad Street. All DECC entrances will remain open during this event. The aquarium lot will be closed briefly at 8:50 p.m., and will re-open about 9:15 p.m. keep that in mind if you are parked there.

Alzheimer Walk

Like I said, there is so much going on this Saturday!  Another event is the Alzheimer Walk that will be held in the waterfront area, resulting in traffic interruption on Harbor Drive behind the DECC. The event starts at 10:00 a.m. and will last for approximately 1 1/2 hours. Harbor Drive behind the DECC will close to traffic at 9:00 a.m. and will reopen about 11:30 a.m. All DECC Lot entrances and exits will remain open and unaffected by this closure. Vehicles needing to get to loading dock entrances behind the DECC can do so with assistance from on scene Duluth Police Officers or Duluth Police Reserves.

KIA of Duluth Car Show and Time Trials

Kia of Duluth Car Show and Time Trials will be held this Saturday and Sundayon Garfield Avenue.  That means that  Garfield Avenue will be CLOSED TO THRU TRAFFIC between Railroad Street and Nelson Street from 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Access to the events will be from Superior Street to Garfield Avenue or by Railroad Street to Garfield Avenue ONLY.   If you are coming off the I-535 off ramp to Garfield Avenue you will NOT be able to get to the event. You will have to utilize the exit at 27th Avenue West or 5th Avenue West and come down Garfield from Superior Street.

Sunday, September 13

Minnesota Mile with Grandma's Marathon

Then, on Sunday, September 13th, starting at 8:30 a.m. traffic will be diverted from portions of Superior Street in Downtown Duluth for the Grandma's Minnesota Mile Race which starts at 9:00 a.m.

Please be aware that there will be temporary "No Parking" signs on both sides of Superior Street from 4th Avenue West to 8th Avenue East.  If you don't comply you will be tagged and towed.  They are expecting traffic to be delayed for about three hours.

Canal Park and the DECC may be accessed by using 5th Avenue West and Railroad Street. Traffic coming from the Northbound and Southbound I-35 off ramps to Lake Avenue will be temporarily diverted toward Canal Park. Traffic wanting to access downtown from the Canal Park area will also be required to use 5th Avenue West.

5th Avenue West down to Railroad Street will be the only access to the DECC and Canal Park from the downtown area during the race, and the only way to access downtown from the Canal Park area. East Michigan Street traffic will be blocked at 4th Avenue West, diverted at 1st Avenue West, and will be sent back to 5th Avenue West via the southbound I-35 off ramp.  Traffic should get back to normal by about 11am.

Hopefully this will help you get around the Northland to your favorite event without too much frustration.  Have a great weekend!



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