Wednesday Notebook

Construction project to close 10th Avenue East south of St. Luke’s Hospital

The City of Duluth is notifying the public of the temporary closure of the lower section of 10th Avenue East, approaching Superior Street. A contractor is working on a construction project at the St. Luke’s Lakeview Building located at 1001 East Superior Street. This work requires that 10th Avenue East (between Superior Street and the alley) be closed. Alley access will be maintained. The closure will last from November 16 to December 22. The sidewalk on the east side of 10th Ave will be closed but the west side will remain open to pedestrians. Detour signs will be in place marking the detour route for motor vehicles. With the Christmas City of the North Parade this Friday, motorists headed west from Superior Street should go north on 12th or 14th Avenue East and take 1st Street.

Duluth beach clean-up cancelled

The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation division tentatively scheduled a beach clean-up at four locations for November 19. That event is cancelled due to predicted weather conditions. The first clean-up event had been scheduled for November 12 but was cancelled due to snowfall. Despite the cancellation and conditions, over 50 resilient volunteers showed up, worked hard and collected 186 pounds of trash.

City of Duluth and University of Minnesota Duluth launch mobile parking app

The City of Duluth and the University of Minnesota Duluth on Tuesday announced the launch of the Park Duluth mobile parking application. The app was created by Passport, the global parking technology leader who powers the parking apps for large cities like Boston, Toronto, Chicago and Detroit.

“We’re excited to launch a custom parking solution that digitizes the parking experience for our residents and visitors at city-owned surface lots and meters,” said Mark Bauer, parking operations specialist for the City of Duluth.

Park Duluth allows users to quickly and easily pay for parking, extend their sessions remotely, and keep track of all parking history, as well as receive notifications when their parking sessions are low on time. The app is available at over 2,800 parking spaces throughout the city and university, in addition to other existing payment methods.

“By partnering with Passport, we are able to provide a seamless solution for drivers to pay and manage parking throughout our campus,” said Lisa Norr, Associate Director of Student Life Operations at Minnesota Duluth.

The Park Duluth app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play. Users can also manage their parking online at

“Passport is thrilled to introduce Park Duluth for both the city and university,” said Mike Mohler, project manager at Passport. “With our state-of-the-art technology, drivers can efficiently handle their parking experiences through their smartphones.”

Utility project to close Central Avenue in West Duluth for two days

The City of Duluth is informing the public that a contractor will be installing a new fire service (water) line to a property on the 300 block of North Central Avenue in West Duluth. The work will start today and continue through Thursday. Motorists should follow the detour route.

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