MnDOT Discusses Plans for Can of Worms Overhaul

MnDOT Request Public's Input

DULUTH, Minn- The Minnesota Department of Transportation continues to push forward with a future overhaul of what’s commonly known as the “can of worms” interchange in Duluth.

The update comes after another open house tonight where MnDOT is looking for public input on redevelopment plans. People got to look over several different ideas created by MnDOT to completely reconstruct the intersection that connects I–35, I–535 and Highway 53.

Highway officials say the reconstruction is needed to give better and safer access through the interchange for the 72,000 vehicles that pass through it every day, including heavy industrial loads that need to get to and from the Duluth Port.

“Reconstruction of the intersection will allow that traffic to get on at Garfield and just flow out of town without any delay or impact to local traffic. We’re going to improve the safety of the interchange and lastly this is going to support economic development in the whole area. This is going to revitalize this part of West Duluth.” Duane Hill, MnDOT District Engineer.

MnDOT representatives hope to have a final draft of the reconstruction project sometime next summer. This is 200 plus million dollar project. MnDOT is counting on federal and state grants to help pay for a portion of the reconstruction.

For more information on the project visit www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/projects/twin-ports-interchange