By Pakou Ly
The City of Duluth’s contractor, Northland Constructors, has finished the necessary water and storm drain installations and connections along Superior Street between 5th Avenue West and 3rd Avenue West.
With the work ahead of schedule, this progress allows the contractor to now shift attention to sidewalk removal to access additional utility connections to each property.
Sidewalk removal and utility upgrades will begin on the north side of Superior Street beginning on 4th Avenue West (heading East) starting Monday. The first portion to be removed will be in front of the Phoenix Building (housing Starbucks, Alerus Bank and Duluth Fine Piano) and will progress one building at a time to ensure business accessibility throughout the scope of work.
Temporary sidewalks will be installed following this portion of additional utility work. The majority of businesses on the north side are accessible by skywalk. For those few properties without alternate entries, Northland Constructors will make every attempt to reduce the disruption of sidewalk removal and enable public access to those businesses.
Advance notice to businesses and the public will be conducted as the sidewalk project progresses and shifts to the south side sidewalks in the near future. The city and its contractor fully recognize and are making public access to downtown businesses a priority. Construction kiosks at each intersection provide project updates and maps of pedestrian routes or temporary detours.
The entire phase 1 project of Superior Street reconstruction is scheduled to be complete by October 19.