The massive Twin Ports Interchange project continues in Duluth and soon motorists in the area will a new detour and more, but not for an extended period of time.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced this week that motorists using the Haines Road detour for the Twin Ports Interchange project should prepare to encounter closures and a revised detour beginning Thursday, June 1.

MnDOT has been using Haines Road as a formal detour route for the Twin Ports Interchange project, but due to the need for CN Railroad to make repairs to the railroad crossing, Haines Road in West Duluth will close at the railroad crossing near where Haines Road and 40th Avenue West meet, near the intersection of West 8th Street.

Signs will be posted on Haines Road notifying people of the closure and of the newly recommended detour route. MnDOT adds the revised detour will follow 8th Street, 57th Avenue West, Highland Street, Getchell Road, Stebner Road, and Morris Thomas Road. The good news is that these changes are only expected to be in place until Tuesday, June 6.

The Twin Ports Interchange Project, which will reconstruct the I-35/I-535/Hwy 53 interchange, looks 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
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The video below shows what the freeway will look like when completed from a motorist’s view heading north on I-35 through the Twin Ports Interchange area, then heading to southbound I-35 from I-535, or the Blatnik Bridge, through the Twin Ports Interchange area.

While it may seem to those in the area that this project will never end, they do continue to make progress.

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