Another stretch of Superior Street is on the schedule for some significant work to be done, and the City of Duluth is providing updates and looking for feedback ahead of the work getting underway.

The Downtown Duluth stretch of Superior Street saw a multi-year reconstruction project that concluded in 2022, with the goal of improving underground utilities and modernizing the surface area to meet modern needs for not only vehicular traffic but also pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

The city is now looking to West Superior Street, spanning 1.65 miles from Carlton Street to West Michigan Street. This is essentially from near the Heritage Center to near M&H.

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As explained on the project's website, the road reconstruction is receiving funding from a federal grant program called Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE.

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This grant will help in accomplishing a number of things, which include a significant update of underground utilities and the roadway itself, but also to provide updates for things like improved stormwater drainage, updated traffic signaling, improved street lighting, and updates to better-accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists, and other "lightweight human and electronically powered devices" like scooters.

What is the timeline of this project?

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Community input, outreach, and environmental review will continue through the end of 2023.

The design and engineering for the project will happen through 2024, using input from the public as part of the planning process.

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The construction project itself is slated to get underway in 2025, continuing through 2028.

When are the public meetings?

Ahead of work getting underway for this project next year, city officials continuing the conversation on the project and what the needs and desires of the community are as they refresh this stretch of roadway. They will be discussing updates from their last public meetings as part of a presentation on the project and looking for additional feedback from the public.

To start that conversation, the city will be hosting two public meetings.

The first of the two meetings is a virtual meeting, being held on Wednesday, November 1. The meeting will be held on Teams from noon to 1 pm.

Here's the access info for this virtual meeting:

  • Link to join the meeting
  • Meeting ID: 215 926 312 869
  • Meeting Passcode: qrb9AZ
  • Call in to the meeting via phone: (872) 242-7640 ID: 517 019 338#

The second meeting will be an in-person gathering later in the day on Wednesday, November 1. This in-person meeting will be from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Clyde Iron Works Malting Building at 2907 Helm Street in Duluth.

You can learn more about both of these meetings on the West Superior Street project website.

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Superior Street, one of Duluth's main roads, has a rich story spanning over the history of the city. Here's how things have changed over the last several years.

Gallery Credit: Chris Allen