If you've driven near where the William A. Irvin is normally docked or behind the DECC, then you know it's slow going due to the once stalled Minnesota Slip Seawall Project.  Good news arrived recently that the project has resumed and an end date is in sight.

According to the City Of Duluth:

The Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office gave clearance to the City of Duluth late last week enabling subsurface aspects of the project to commence. This project is a critical step in a multi-agency collaboration to fortify the seawalls, prevent erosion and clean contaminated soil in the slip. The seawall repair project is estimated to cost about $6 million. The soil remediation project is expected to commence this fall.

On Saturday, April 28, the contractor started driving 45 foot long steel sheet piles into the water.   The process will require driving the metal below the water and soil with impact and may result in some residual vibrations.

Workers are now scheduled to work from about 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday to complete the project in mid-June, barring any setbacks.   Until then plan on the fences to remain and one way traffic behind the DECC.

I'm sure everyone hopes it will be completed prior to Grandma's Marathon, which is Saturday June, 16, as that area is part of the course and is traditionally a popular spectator location.

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