Road construction season has arrived and one project in downtown Duluth will have an impact on access to certain facilities at Essentia Health and they'd like the public to know where to go.

According to officials at Essentia Health, the City of Duluth’s utility and street-improvement project will significantly impact patients and visitors on Essentia Health’s downtown medical campus. Phase 1 of this six-month project begins Wednesday, April 28, and there are three total phases.

Beginning April 28, Second Street will be closed between Fourth and Fifth Avenues East. Second Street is also expected to close between Sixth and Ninth Avenues East on May 3.

While these closures are in effect, Fifth and Sixth Avenues East will become one-ways between Second and Third Streets. Traffic on Fifth Avenue East will travel down the hill, toward Second Street. Meanwhile on Sixth Avenue East, it will travel up the hill, toward Third Street.

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With this in mind, the patient drop-off for Essentia Health-Duluth and the Duluth Clinic Second Street Building will temporarily move to the same-day surgery parking lot behind Essentia Health-Duluth, off Sixth Avenue East. This change will be in effect between April 28 and May 21.

As for parking, patients and visitors to the Duluth Clinic First Street Building are encouraged to use the City Ramp located on First Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues East. Patients and visitors to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center should park in the Red Ramp, located off Fourth Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues East. All other patients and visitors are asked to park in Essentia’s Green Ramp, which has been outfitted with additional entry/exit points on Third Street.

Essentia Health also notes that the Green Ramp no longer is accessible via Second Street. Access it instead from Third Street, between Fourth and Fifth Avenues East.

During this infrastructure-improvement project, which runs through October, patient drop-off and pick-up will require extra time so all patients are urged to arrive early for all downtown Duluth appointments.  You can click here anytime to check on current routes, parking and patient drop-off sites. 

Phase 2 of this project is expected to begin mid-July.

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