Road Construction/Traffic

Superior Street and 6th Avenue West Closed Again for Repairs

Cracked concrete will be replaced at the intersection that had work done last year.

DULUTH, Minn.- Just as the first intersection of phase two of Superior Street Reconstruction opened at First Avenue East, another intersection closed temporarily. Where 6th Avenue West and Superior Street meet, there’s another road closed sign as Superior is temporarily closed from 6th Ave. to Mesaba. The closure is so crews can fix concrete panels which have cracked since they…

City Plans for Alternate Cross City Trail During Twin Ports Interchange Project

City and MNDOT met with residents and business owners to discuss which alternate trail is best.

DULUTH, Minn.- City of Duluth crews met with those living near and those using the Cross City Trail to discuss it’s future during the Twin Ports Interchange Project. That plan to modernize the current infrastructure of the can of worms will cause part of the Cross City Trail to close, from 22nd Avenue to east of Garfield Avenue, for bridge…

Superior Intersection Painted Green Following Hit and Run

After 11-year-old boy hit and survived, City of Superior changes intersection to slow drivers down.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The City of Superior has implemented safety changes at an intersection on Hammond Avenue after Police say an 11-year-old boy on his bicycle was struck by a driver, who then took off, last Friday. 11-year-old Cassius Carey is out of the hospital, his mother saying he suffered a concussion but no internal injuries. The woman who Superior Police…

Worker Shortage Around The Northland

Construction and nursing jobs are at an all time high so local workforce's are coming up with new creative ways to employee new workers

DULUTH, Minn.- There are some career paths in the Northland where the need for employees is at an all time high. With the need for nurses at an all time high, and large construction projects coming to the Northland, two local workforce’s are doing everything they can to add more employees. Some may think it is due to the lack…

Car on Fire on Blatnik Bridge in Superior

Crews responded, closed bridge causing heavy traffic.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- On Monday afternoon traffic was backed up coming out of Superior on the Blatnik Bridge as a car was found on fire. Superior Fire and Police responded to the burning car. Crews were able to put out the fire. This happened right off the on–ramp to I–35, causing a standstill both down Hammond avenue and Second street. Crews…

Workforce Struggles With Big Construction Projects Looming

Major construction projects are happening in the coming years, but those workers may not

DULUTH, Minn.- A few major construction projects are slated to begin in the Northland this year, but there may not be enough construction workers in our area to actually do those jobs. That is why the CareerForce Center in Duluth is holding classes to train workers to fill the large void. Officials say just in the City of Duluth there…

Painting Intersections to Slow Drivers Down

Creative Crosswalks tackles reckless driving in the hillside with ground murals.

DULUTH, Minn.- Kids armed with paint brushes are combatting reckless driving at busy intersections throughout Duluth. Zeitgeist’s Creative Crosswalks program allows families and other community members to paint a Hillside intersection which has received many speeding complaints. On Sunday they took on East 6th street and 15th Avenue East, the second of four crosswalks on their list. According to parents…

Construction Season Continues in Duluth and Hermantown

Two intersections in Duluth and two stretches of road in Hermantown began roadwork Monday.

DULUTH, Minn.- Construction work is well underway this summer in the Northland, and Monday two new projects just started. Crews began work on one residential intersection in Duluth, and two parts of Maple Grove Road in Hermantown. At the intersection of 26th Avenue East and Jefferson Street in Duluth, crews will reconstruct pedestrian ramps to ADA standards and partially replace…

Phase I of Improvements Done at Duluth’s Riverside Park

Ribbon cutting held with Parks and Rec and community members.

DULUTH, Minn.- Members of Duluth’s Riverside community came out to an unveiling of a newly renovated Riverside Park Tuesday. It’s the first phase of improvements to parks along the St. Louis River Corridor. Riverside is one of the 13 parks along the Corridor selected in the 2016 council-approved mini-master plan. The St. Louis River Corridor Initiative hopes to improve trails and…

Work on Wisconsin Point Restoration Begins

Project to consolidate parking and restore habitats to be completed late this summer.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Officials with Superior Parks, Recreation and Forestry are asking the public to be patient during the restoration of Wisconsin Point this summer. It’s expected to be done by the end of July or beginning of August. It’s a project, officials said, that will benefit beach-goers, and the nature that calls the beach home. You’ll find crews working at…

Lake Superior Zoo After the 2012 Flood

After major damage and missing and dead animals, Zoo says they're back and better than ever.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Lake Superior Zoo was one of many areas ripped apart by the 2012 Northland Flash Floods. Now, seven years later, they’re on the right track, according to Zoo officials. The 2012 flood damaged the Barnyard, destroyed the Polar Shores exhibit, and claimed the lives of fourteen animals, even leaving a seal stranded on a nearby street. Now…

Grandma’s Marathon Race Week Begins

Preparations begin for the 5k, 1/2 and Full Marathons.

DULUTH, Minn.- Pieces of Grandma’s Marathon are coming together in Duluth, as the Big Top Tent has just gone up in Canal Park. It seems the Marathon will reshape the city, to give runners a solid course, and give spectators a comfortable experience to cheer them on. Finishing touches still have to be added, like painting the finish line, which…

Construction Begins on Highway 53, to be Completed October

Drivers should expect road closures and closing of a rest stop south of Eveleth.

EVELETH, Minn.- On Monday construction work began on Highway 53 just south of Eveleth. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, motorists traveling on Highway 53 will encounter temporary lane closures beginning Monday as a major resurfacing and bridge repair project begins. The Anchor Lake Rest Area will also close. During the closure accessibility improvements will be made. The rest…

Two Teens Killed in Nashwauk Crash Remembered

Aiden Hall and Trent Salminen remembered by Northern Lights Community School

DULUTH, Minn.- A memorial with balloons, and wreckage are all that’s left of a fatal car crash in Nashwauk, which took place Saturday afternoon. The crash took the lives of two teenage passengers. According to Minnesota State Patrol, a Honda Accord carrying 4 teenagers inside was traveling north on Highway 169 and tried turning left onto Highway 65 north. It…

Stoplights Coming to Busy London Road Intersection

Starting later this month, the intersection of London Road and 60th Avenue East will have stoplights

DULUTH, Minn.- Stoplights are coming to a busy Duluth intersection. They are being installed on London Road to help with construction of the Lester Park Bridge starting later this month. London Road and 60th Avenue East will be getting these temporary stoplights. The goal is to help with traffic during the $2 million dollar bridge rehabilitation project. “There’s over five…

Landline Twin Cities Bus Service Takes Flight

Non-stop low cost service from DLH to MSP.

DULUTH, Minn.- Driving to the Twin Cities from Duluth can be tiring, especially if you’re trying to catch an early flight. That’s why the two entrepreneurs who started the bus service Landline said they chose Minnesota–to launch a low-cost transportation option to save people money, and bring more people in and out of Duluth International Airport. An open house was…

Seawall Rehabilitation Nears Completion

Work should be done before Grandma's Marathon.

DULUTH, Minn.- The seawall rehabilitation project in Canal Park is in the home stretch and should be complete before Grandma’s Marathon. The project has been done in phases and starting this Monday, the last phase will begin. Crews will be putting in a storm water outfall, curbs, concrete patios, sidewalks, turf, and a bike path. The Minnesota slip bridge will…

Park Point Construction Begins Next Week

13th street to the Lift Bridge will be filled with construction cones starting next week

DULUTH, Minn.- A start date has now been set for a major Duluth construction project. Work on Park Point Road just south of the Lift Bridge will begin on May 29th. Starting later this month, 13th street to the Lift Bridge will be filled with construction cones. The city will take three inches of black top off the roads to…

Plans to Ease Bayfront Area Traffic and Parking Unveiled

Metropolitan Interstate Council holds meeting to release full plan, get public feedback.

DULUTH, Minn.- As summer inches closer, so do festivals and concerts–both at the DECC and at Bayfront Festival Park. Those events are becoming more frequent, and that means growing parking concerns and traffic that backs up onto I-35. But plans are moving forward to help change that, unveiled Wednesday by the Metropolitan Interstate Council, or MIC. The Council is working…

New Cooper Elementary School Building Ready for New School Year

A year after the fire and explosion, the new building prepares to open.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A year after a fire halted the opening of a new Cooper Elementary School Building in Superior, the school is complete, and ready for the first classes to attend next Fall. According to the Superintendent of Superior School District, teachers will begin moving into the new building as early as June to set up their rooms and offices….

New Intersection Proposed on Highway 61 Near Two Harbors

MnDOT officials say intersection would reduce major accidents

TWO HARBORS, Minn. – Part of Highway 61 just south of Two Harbors is getting a safety overhaul a few years from now. The intersection of Highway 61 and Lake County Road 9 will be replaced. The Minnesota DOT created a proposal to make driving through intersections in that area less dangerous. The plan means cars would no longer be…

Woodland Avenue Construction Begins

A two-year project to reconstruct a mile of Woodland Ave. and Calvary Road began Monday

DULUTH, Minn.- A two-year project to reconstruct a mile of Woodland Avenue and Calvary Road began Monday in Duluth. With it comes road closures and detours but most affected are business owners in that area. You have probably heard the saying that Minnesota has two seasons: winter and construction. This project will cost around 11.5 million dollars with the city…

Proposed Plans for Duluth Golf Courses Pass to City Council

Plans propose scaling back and developing Lester Park Golf Course.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Public Golf Courses are now $2.4 million in debt. The city’s recommendations, which the Parks and Recreation Commission passed with a 6-2 vote on Wednesday, would scale back the 27 holes at Lester Park Golf Course to 18 to make way for housing. Plans would also improve the infrastructure at Enger Park Golf Course. Among the proposed…

New Construction, Husky Updates Among Topics in Superior’s State of the City

Mayor Jim Paine delivers his second State of the City address.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- In his second State of the City address, Superior Mayor Jim Paine is proud of the progress Superior has made. He said the city will be unrecognizable to some in the coming years. The Mayor announced the construction of Cobblestone Hotel on Tower Avenue, and the development of Central High School into a mixed-use development, featuring both market-rate…

City Of Duluth Encourages Pothole Reports As Crews Hit The Streets

DULUTH, Minn. – Warmer weather is giving Duluth public works crews more chances to patch up winter potholes. A crew was spotted patching away on London Road Thursday. The city will have six crews filling potholes full time this summer, which is an increase from last year. “The late snow storms had a large effect on the overall ability to…

Lakewalk Escapes Damage after Recent Winter Storm

Project leaders report no extra damage costs after last week's storm.

DULUTH, Minn.- Winds reaching nearly 70 miles per hour battered parts of the Lake Superior shoreline last week. Meanwhile, crews have already spent months restoring Duluth’s lakewalk from previous storms. But according to officials, the lakewalk escaped any additional damage. The lakewalk’s project supervisor says they were gearing up to have more damage after this past week’s snowstorm, but the ice…

St. Louis County Promoting Driving Vigilance for Work Zone Awareness Week

Drivers more at risk than construction crews, experts say.

DULUTH, Minn.- This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week. With the construction season just around the corner, St. Louis County Officials are sharing driving tips on how to make it through those construction areas. Officials ask drivers to remain extra vigilant on their normal routes, looking out for lane closures and changes due to construction. Not only for the…

First Street to be Evaluated for Two-Way Traffic

City proposes traffic study to city council Monday night.

DULUTH, Minn.- As the city starts work on the reconstruction of Superior Street, they’re also looking ahead to a possible redevelopment of First Street. On Monday night the Duluth City Council is expected to vote on whether to have a traffic study done. The study would look into converting First Street between Mesaba Avenue and 24th Avenue East from one-way…

Phase Two of Superior Street Reconstruction Begins

Kickoff event held with Mayor Larson and City Officials.

DULUTH, Minn.- The barricades are up on Superior Street as construction season begins. While the ground was broken for the project on Monday, the real heavy work will start next week. Until then crews will be focused on staging and preparation for a project that will include improving utilities, adding a closed loop hot water heat system, and other streetscape amenities….

Vikre Distillery Remodeling in June

Owners plan to remodel cocktail room, add event spaces.

DULTUH, Minn.- A popular distillery in Canal Park will be getting a makeover this summer. In June Vikre Distillery will be moving their bar upstairs and adding event spaces throughout the building. They’ll also be changing the furniture in their cocktail room to make the vibe more comfortable. “Be able to just serve more people in a comfortable way,” said…

City Holds Last Meeting Before Superior Street Reconstruction Begins

Project leaders met with business leaders and residents at Greysolon Ballroom.

DULUTH, Minn.- The City of Duluth plans to close down Superior Street from Lake Avenue to Fourth Avenue West this summer for a four–block reconstruction project. The work starts next Monday, so city officials met with business leaders and residents to talk strategy, get feedback, and answer questions about the remodel. Their big message: it’ll be a rough construction period, but…

Duluth Public Works Crews Tackle Potholes, Encounter Obstacles

Crews' work doubling due to weather and water.

DULUTH, Minn.- Warmer air means Duluth Public Works crews are out in force tackling all those potholes around town. But the melting snow is making any permanent solution, temporary. It took crews an hour to finish 100 yards of a stretch of 35th Avenue East. But looking back on their work, they saw the water runoff and tire treads already…

Flooding and Potholes Welcome Spring to Duluth

Minnesota Avenue on Park Point is covered with more than a foot of water

“You’d have to have an army of pump trucks to empty this right now. Our biggest fear now would be if it gets cold now, freezes, and turns out to be a whole ice skating rink,” said Joel Johnson, owner of Lakehead Boat Basin and the Farifield Inn and Suites on Park Point. South Minnesota Avenue on Park Point is…

Flooded Roads Created by Frozen Creeks in Duluth

Crews use heavy machinery to break ice.

DULUTH, Minn.- Sometimes clearing flooded roads isn’t as simple as removing the water or unclogging a nearby storm drain or culvert. A harsh winter can cause water backup in another way. Duluth Public Works crews arrived to deal with about 10 inches water on 88th Avenue West. They found the drain didn’t take much unplugging, the big issue was the…

City Crews Tackle Storm Drains in Superior, Cleaning Businesses Prep for Flooding

City of Superior and SERVPRO of Twin Ports Share Tips and Tricks

SUPERIOR, Wis.- There are 3067 storm drains, 91 miles of sewer, and 181 miles of ditches, swales and culverts in the City of Superior. Now crews are rushing to have those near homes clear, before any flooding can begin. “If that drain gets plugged up, whether it’s plugged up with debris like leaves, grass, sticks, garbage, or ice like we’re…

Potential Rain and Warmth Could Mean Flooding

Northland Agencies Prepare for Flooding.

DULUTH, Minn.-  Normally the first rainfall this time of year means spring is upon us. But being under this much snow with warmer temperatures, means it can spell out trouble, in the form of flooding. “The old saying is ‘turn around, don’t drown.’” That message is what Keith Kesler of Douglas County Emergency Management is advising drivers this week. “I…

First Repeating Snowstorms, Now Potholes

DULUTH, Minn.- Old Man Winter has not been kind to Duluth’s streets this season. While Duluth Public Works crews have been busy battling snow, potholes have invaded roads. The peaceful rumble of a car rolling by is suddenly broken. This winter, Missy Smith has had quite a rocky commute to work every morning. “I drive in like I said from Solon…

MnDOT Updates on Mission Creek Burial Ground Restoration

Weather only a small hindrance so far.

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota Department of Transportation shared an update on its efforts to restore an unearthed Native American Burial site in the Fond Du Lac neighborhood. MnDOT held another community meeting on Wednesday. Transportation officials say after nearly two years of the accidental unearthing by MnDOT. Crews are continuing their sensitive work which has been slowed a bit with the…

Protecting the Birkie with Birkie Security Team

Security prepares for inclement weather.

HAYWARD, Wis.- Behind the scenes, the Birkie Security Team of about 25 volunteers say they’re Sawyer County law enforcement’s eyes and ears for the huge event. They tell us the weather’s cooperated so far, but they’re preparing for much worse as athletes and fans head home. Just be safe driving we have a major weather event heading our way,” said…

West Duluth Waits for City to Clear Snow Piles, More Snow Comes

Piles reaching 5 feet still obstruct businesses.

DULUTH, Minn.- While the weather was pretty quiet in the Northland on Monday, recent storms still left large mounds of snow in areas around the city. One place where they’re especially high is West Duluth. While the city has promised to get to those piles this week, more snow on the way could change that. Ahead of their big Winter in…

Duluth Officials Address Snow Removal Concerns

City has 3 tiers for clearing snow on roads and 5 tiers for clearing sidewalks

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth wants residents and businesses to know they feel your frustrations with the mounting snow throughout the city. But they also say this wild winter has been tough on equipment and operators. They’re tackling streets, sidewalks, and alleys the best they can with the resources available. City crews have three tiers for removing snow…

Talks Continue for Duluth-Minneapolis Rail Line

Amtrak and City of Duluth update each other

DULUTH, Minn.- Talks are continuing to move forward for a passenger rail line between Duluth and the Twin Cities. This past week, the North Shore Scenic Railroad hosted a representative from Amtrak, who met with Mayor Emily Larson, Councilor Noah Hobbs, and other city officials about the Northern Lights Express idea. The new train would add Duluth to the 500-city…

St. Luke’s Plans to Expand, Residents Concerned About Helipad

Community meeting meld at Hospital to discuss

DULUTH, Minn.- Neighbors who live near St. Luke’s hospital in downtown Duluth are sounding off about potential noise disturbance they feel could come from the hospital’s plan to expand it’s campus. The first phase of the hospital’s extension is estimated to cost $37.5 million and add 16 more general treatment rooms, 2 more trauma rooms, and 3 more behavioral health treatment…

Can of Worms Update

Some New Updates Out After New Open House and Project Update

DULUTH, MINN.- An open house was held in Duluth today where new details emerged for the Twin Ports Interchange reconstruction project, also known as the Can of Worms. A Large crowd filled the Clyde Iron Works as the public go another opportunity to have their questions heard and answered by those organizing this three hundred and forty million dollar project….

DTA Looks to “Rapid Bus Transit” Option

Rapid bus line would include fewer stops and a higher number of buses on route

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Transit Authority is looking at offering what’s called “Rapid Bus Transit” which they tell us offers many of the economic benefits of rail service at a much lower cost. Officials say a good corridor exists for the faster bus line on Grand Avenue and Michigan Street in West Duluth, through downtown, and to the University…

MnDOT Says Prepare for Dangerous Roads

Extreme Cold Will Freeze, Making Driving Treacherous for New Years Eve

DULUTH, Minn.- On top of not driving under the influence, the freezing temperatures on the way spell double trouble for drivers late tonight. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has had their hands full with the new snow already, and officials said the extreme cold will make their job even harder. “The chemicals don’t work as well when it’s this cold, so…

Superior Businesses Are Happy with Belknap Street Revamp

Belknap Street projects cost about $20 million

SUPERIOR, Wis.- This is the first holiday shopping season since Belknap Street in Superior has reopened following a $20 million construction project. Both customers and business owners are thrilled about the finished product after the revamp. The 1 1/2  mile stretch of road has undergone multiple changes including a whole new street design with smoother and wider traffic lanes. Also,…

MnDOT Updates Public on Can of Worms Interchange

Work to Begin 2020

DULUTH, Minn.-The future for the Can of Worms Interchange is looking a little brighter in Duluth. The Minnesota Department of Transportation met Monday with the community at Clyde Iron Works to give an update on the reconstruction on the project. MnDOT says main work on the project will begin in 2020. They hope to modernize the current infrastructure originally built…

Making Railroad Crossings Safer

New Safety Measures Aim to Reduce Accidents

DULUTH, Minn.- Saint Louis County ranks in the top five counties in Minnesota for the number of crossing accidents reported each year. On Monday, the city and North Shore Scenic Railroad unveiled new measures to change that, at multiple spots around the community including at 45th and 47th Avenues East, McCulloch St., and Harbor Dr. City leaders gathered at the railroad…

So Long, William A. Irvin

Duluth Skyline Missing Key Part

DULUTH, Minn.- The news is in, the William A. Irvin safely ended its journey at Fraser Shipyards in Superior at 4 am Saturday morning, after setting out the night before. In the chill of Friday night, this longtime resident of Duluth left its home, like many of us do, to sort things out. The move came a couple hours behind…