MnDOT Hosting Virtual Public Update on Twin Ports Interchange Project
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is hosting another virtual public meeting to provide updates on the Twin Ports Interchange project in Duluth.
The next virtual public meeting will be held on Monday, February 22 at 12:15 p.m. The informational meeting will also provide participants the opportunity to meet with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and ask any questions they have about the project.
You can click here to join the virtual meeting. If you don't have internet access, you can join the meeting by calling 855-282-6330 and entering access code 146 970 4747. For those unable to attend in person, a recording will be posted on the project webpage to view when convenient. MnDOT continues to avoid hosting any in-person public meetings in order to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
In summary, the project will reconstruct I-35/I-535/Hwy 53 interchange to improve safety by:
- Providing a new conventional design
- Relocating all exits and entrances to the right side of the roadway
- Improving merging sight distance and eliminating merge conflicts
- Eliminating weaving problems near the interchange
- Providing lane continuity for through I-35 traffic
The goal of the Duluth Interchange Project is to "enhance safety by eliminating blind merges and left exits, replace aging infrastructure, and better accommodate freight movements through the interchanges next to the Clure Public Terminal."
While the completion deadline has been moved due to funding issues, you can still check out some of work being done by accessing a time-lapse camera, which is focused on the 27th Avenue West bridge project.
Click on the button below to access the time-lapse camera now. MnDOT says they will have a second camera mounted on the Garfield Avenue overpass for a different view of the project next spring.