Road Construction/Traffic

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…

Residents, City at a Crossroads over Glenwood Street

Community Meeting at Lester Park Elementary Abuzz with Concerns

DULUTH, Minn.-Lester Park Elementary School was alive after school hours Wednesday. A meeting was held between the city and community members to address traffic concerns with Glenwood street intersecting with Jean Duluth and Snively roads. It appears after numerous speeding tickets, accidents, and even a fatality at that intersection, community members and the city both say enough is enough, but…

Mission Creek Updates from MnDOT

Community Members Voice Concerns at Meeting

DULUTH, Minn.- 387. That was the magic number from the Minnesota Department of Transportation to the community. They say it will take 387 days to finish burial recovery at the grave site unearthed by Mission Creek Bridge Construction. It is the first time they have had a measurable timeline for the project. After burial recovery, crews move to cemetery restoration,…

ATV Ordinance Passes in Superior

The ATV ordinance has not yet gone into affect.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- A long-debated ordinance allowing ATV’s on trails year-round throughout the city of Superior passed. The Superior City Council passed an ordinance allowing ATV’s to be driven all year round. The ordinance allows ATV’s to be driven on select trails throughout the city. It’s been a debate for almost a year now but city councilors believe allowing the recreational…

Barker’s Island Restoration Project Moving Along

The project is a collaboration with the Wisconsin DNR, City of Superior, and Area of Concern partners. 

SUPERIOR, Wis.- Barker’s Island Beach is closed as restoration work is underway to reduce levels of E. coli. City leaders believe the restoration project will help more people enjoy Barker’s Island. The goal of the project is to remove sources that potentially contribute to the E. coli levels including storm runoff, waterfowl, and trash. Over 17 hundred feet of trail will be…

Inline Marathon Moves Finish Line

Finish Line and Expo Move to DECC

DULUTH, Minn.- The largest inline marathon in North America is going through some big changes this year. The finish line at the 23rd Annual Northshore Inline Marathon will be moved 900 feet back along the course to the bay-side of the DECC, due to the Minnesota slip and sea wall construction project going on there. It was previously in front of…

Electric Buses Soon to be Tested in Duluth’s Climate

The study will see how the buses run in Duluth's cold climate.

DULUTH, Minn.- A brand new bus is in town, electric buses will soon be apart of the Duluth Transit Authority. Seven electric buses are hitting the roads next month after a $6.3 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The climate in Duluth it an ideal candidate to test how the electric buses run in the winter months. They’re being used in…

Construction Washout Shuts Down Slip Bridge

The project manager tells us they're currently working on a temporary solution to open the Slip Bridge for the weekend.

DULUTH, Minn.-  Duluth’s seawall reconstruction project has hit another unexpected snag, forcing a temporary shutdown to pedestrian access on the Minnesota Slip Bridge. The problem is a washout beneath the sidewalk leading up to that blue bridge. City leaders tell us while working on the seawall restoration project construction workers unintentionally disturbed the fill below the concrete sidewalk causing the…

East Duluth Construction Concerns

Public Works Holds Meeting About Superior Street Lester Bridge Reconstruction Project

EAST DULUTH, Minn.- St. Louis County Public Works met with members of the East Duluth community, answering, or at least trying to answer, many questions raised regarding the Superior St./Lester Bridge reconstruction. The small room of the Portman Park Community Center populated with residents young and old as a vital issue had to be discussed: the reconstruction of Superior Street by…

New Roundabout Close to Opening in Hermantown

It's that time of year when most drivers are ready to see those orange construction cones disappear.

HERMANTOWN, Minn.- After several weeks of construction, a long-awaited roundabout is set to open. It’s that time of year when most drivers are ready to see those orange construction cones disappear and at Maple Grove Road and Midway Road your wish is close to being granted.  The brand new roundabout construction is close to the finish line. This Saturday, drivers will finally…

‘Making Canal Park Pop’ Means Closures and Changes

Officials Highlight Changes Part of 'Imagine Duluth'

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s top tourist hot spot known as Canal Park is about to undergo some big changes next month involving traffic and community spaces. It’s all part of a pilot project with the city’s Imagine Duluth initiative. The city won a Knight Cities Challenge grant of over $200,000 to implement these changes, which the city says is sure to bring…

Cloquet Becoming More Pedestrian Friendly this Fall

Over half of the community will be more active if the sidewalks are widened according to a survey.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Do you walk or bike to work? Construction is underway for the city of Cloquet to become more pedestrian friendly. Right now work is being done to create sidewalk bump-outs making a wider path for pedestrians, other changes include bike lanes on a one-mile stretch downtown. “Just allowing people to get from point A to point B, we can’t plan…

Douglas County Officials and FEMA Meet and Discuss

Federal Assistance Application Has New Elements

Superior, WI- Massive flooding devastated parts of Northwestern Wisconsin back in June. As recovery from that damage continues, FEMA and Wisconsin Emergency Management experts met at the Douglas County Government Center to discuss applications for federal assistance. The storms caused an estimated $3.8 million in damage in Douglas County alone. While many repairs have been completed by area townships, many…

Belknap Street Reconstruction Ahead Of Schedule; Lanes To Open Early October

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Superior’s multi-million dollar reconstruction of Belknap Street is ahead of schedule by a solid two weeks. FOX 21’s Dan Hanger has an update on the transformation of not only fresh pavement, but a main artery or Superior poised for future development. An afternoon stroll on Belknap Street is quite the obstacle these days. “I wanted to walk to…

Small Businesses Worry Bustling Construction Could Turn Away Tourists

The construction includes replacing traffic signals and pavement in Two Harbors and north of the city

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- Construction is continuing to buzz along on Highway 61 on the North Shore. The construction includes replacing traffic signals and pavement in Two Harbors and north of the city. Earlier this summer the paving project began outside of Two Harbors but now the project will be right in the city along Highway 61. Although summer is construction season…

Beefing Up Blatnik

UMD Civil Engineering Students Help Work on Blatnik Bridge

Duluth, Minn.-Some Civil Engineering students from University of Minnesota Duluth got up close and personal with the Blatnik Bridge. Students teamed up with the Minnesota department of transportation and WSP consulting company to attach and test sensors on the underbelly of the bridge. The sensors will be used for a load test which measures how weight of heavy truck loads…

FEMA Asseses Flood Damage

Need For Public Assistance Being Determined

Duluth, Minn.-While the flash flood waters ravaged many Northland communities last month, communities still dealing with the effects of the flash flood of 2012, FEMA is reporting Carlton county to be recovering well. A state of emergency was quickly declared in June, but since then many roads and bridges that were once just chunks floating in water are now restored….

MPCA Awaits Its Turn To Clean Up Minnesota Slip

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota Slip seawall reconstruction project continues. We spoke with officials at Minnesota Pollution Control Agency who say the project is a long time coming, practically for over 20 years. Removal of the contaminated sediment in the Minnesota Slip in Canal Park by the MPCA will begin October first through November. Before this process begins the new seawall needs to…

Sidewalk Days Festival Continues Despite Construction

Construction workers even took part in the fun, handing out foam figures to kids downtown.

DULUTH, Minn.-  It’s been a busy summer on West Superior Street with the massive reconstruction underway, but that’s not stopping Sidewalk Days. It’s quite the view on Superior Street as Sidewalk Days and the construction are both in full force. Every summer for over a decade of clothes, art, and plenty of food line the sidewalks of Superior Street creating…

Restoration Continues on Historic Fond Du Lac Cemetery

MnDot officials tell us productive changes are in the works. 

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota Department of transportation is releasing new information on a Native American grave site in the Northland disrupted by highway reconstruction last spring. MnDOT is working year-round to restore the historic cemetery. Nearly 20% of the site in West Duluth’s Fond Du Lac neighborhood has been processed, meaning soil and items found are being examined to determine if…

Construction Continues Along Highway 61

Construction projects and tourists are making a jam-packed Northshore drive.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- The construction on Highway 61 is causing some delays for summer travelers but they say it’s worth wait. “We love the Northshore, we’ve been coming up here since the 60’s I think, at least once a year,” tourist Rose Gordon said. During the week, single-lane traffic is open but stopped cars are a common site along the…

Businesses Working around Northshore Construction

Restaurant owners tell us the construction can make it difficult for customers to enter and leave the parking lot.

TWO HARBORS, Minn.- As the construction travels further up the Northshore a variety of businesses are being impacted. It’s a busy time of year at the popular Northshore restaurant Betty’s Pies located on Highway 61 just outside of Two Harbors. Workers tell FOX21 due to the recent construction it can take them over an hour to pull into the parking…

Douglas County Recovering From Flooding

Tending to these repairs may postpone some county projects due to limited funds and resources.

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis.- Some roads remain closed in Douglas County due to flooding. Officials with Douglas County tell us it may take some time before they reopen. Highways across the county remain largely affected by the heavy rainfall this past weekend. Although high water levels are dying down the Douglas County Board Chairman Mark Liebaert tells FOX 21 some clear roadways…

Flooding Closes Roads in Carlton County

No injuries due to flooding have been reported in Carlton County

CARLTON COUNTY, Minn. – Significant flooding problems continue in parts of Minnesota. Many roads are washed out and impassable in southeastern Carlton County. Some of those roads are expected to be closed for quite some time. Highway 23 near Holyoke has been completely washed away in one spot. About ten county roads and more township roads are also closed. Carlton…

Highway 38 Improvement Project Begins Tuesday

The Highway 38 Improvement Project in Grand Rapids Begins Tuesday, May 29

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – On Tuesday, May 29, drivers in the Grand Rapids area will experience a new construction project. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is beginning improvements on Highway 38. Drivers will encounter daytime flagging operations, lane shifts and center left turn lane closures on Highway 38 from the intersections of 5th Street Northwest through 14th Street Northwest. Pedestrians will…

City Officials Say Superior Street Construction is On Schedule

DULUTH, Minn –The reconstruction project on Superior Street in Duluth is really moving along. City officials say with good weather they’ve remained pretty much on schedule. The stretch of Superior Street from 3rd Avenue West to 7th Avenue West now has a hole more than eight feet deep as crews work to renovate water and steam pipes that will function…

Construction Begins for New Roundabout

The major goal is to cut down traffic incidents but some locals remain concerned.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Big changes are now underway at the intersection of I-35 and Highway 33 in Cloquet, an intersection that has seen many serious car accidents and fatalities in recent years. Construction of a roundabout to replace the intersection began on Monday.  The major goal is to cut down traffic incidents but some locals remain concerned. Studies show roundabouts decrease…

Local Road Improvements Take Priority Before Twin Ports Interchange Project Begins

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is hoping to receive feedback from the community.

DULUTH, Minn.- Updates on the long-awaited can of worms construction formally known as the Twin Ports Interchange Project. Officials say construction on local roads will be the first priority before starting work on the interchange itself. Minnesota Department of Transportation officials tell us work will begin on Garfield Avenue, Railroad Street, and 7th Avenue W. during the 2019 construction season. The…

MNDot’s Weather Preparation

MNDot is ready for any type of storm at all times of the year

DULUTH, Minn.- Plows were at the ready and salt and sand bags were stocked up, even though we should be well on our way to summer. Officials from the organization said they are always on alert because Minnesota’s weather is so unpredictable. “We have an individual here at MNDot that monitors those incoming storms and that’s how we make our…

Superior Street Construction Delayed

Detours Will Begin Wednesday

DULUTH, Minn.-The Duluth Transportation Authority has announced the detours that were going to begin today for all westbound buses, will be delayed until Wednesday. Originally, the Superior Street reconstruction project was going to begin today, but that has since been moved to Wednesday due to the weather. To find out more, visit this website: www.duluthtransit.com.   Categories: News, News – Latest…

First Bricks Removed in Superior Street Construction

Road closures will begin on April 16th.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s finally here, construction signs and crews are chipping away at Superior Street. The construction in downtown Duluth is taking place over three years, the city celebrated removing the first bricks. “We are going to embark on a project that is going to be inconvenient and exciting,” Duluth’s Mayor Emily Larson said.  On Thursday, the first bricks on…

Summer 2018 Construction Projects

Highway 61 in Two Harbors scheduled to begin construction in late July.

DULUTH, Minn.- There are a total of 122 miles of overlays and 16 bridge replacement projects planned for summer 2018, including the reconstruction of Highway 61 in Two Harbors. The project will include updating pavement and intersections, increasing accessibility and replacing old signals. While the ultimate goal is to alleviate traffic in Two Harbors, there will definitely be congestion while the…

Big Changes in the Works for “Can of Worms” Interchange

Looking to replace aging infrastructure and do away with blind merge areas

DULUTH, Minn – Big changes are being planned for the interstate 35 interchange in West Duluth known as the “can of worms.”  One goal is to  replace aging infrastructure with bridges that can support oversize loads. Another goal is getting rid of blind merge areas. A meeting held on Monday allowed Lincoln Park residents to see potential plans and voice…

Progress in Northern Lights Express Project

The proposed high-speed train will connect the Twin Ports and Minneapolis.

DULUTH, Minn.- A high speed train connecting the Twin Ports has been under the works for nearly a decade, on Monday officials announced the Northern Lights Express project is moving along. Officials say the window of opportunity for the Northern Lights Express is finally open.  The half billion dollar train has been cleared to seek government funding. The next steps…

Belknap Construction Beginning Soon

This is the final stretch of construction on the busy road.

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The second half of the $23 million improvement project on Belknap Street in Superior is scheduled to begin on March 19th. This years construction phase will consist of the areas in the center section, between John and Birch Avenues. Items improved include; concrete pavement, grading, lighting, and redoing the sidewalks. Officials say completing the busy intersection is extremely…

Twin Ports Area Receives “C” on Infrastructure Report Card

Aviation and Bridges Receive "B-"; Drinking Water Gets "D"

DULUTH, Minn. – Twin Ports area infrastructure has gotten a “mediocre” rating from the American Society of Civil Engineers. The group released their infrastructure report card for the region Monday. The Twin Ports Area earned a “C” GPA on their infrastructure report card. That’s better than the “D+” national average, but local leaders want to see improvements made. “We all…

Some Duluth Streets Still Not Plowed After Latest Winter Storms

City Reminds Drivers of Alternate Side Parking to Accommodate Plows

DULUTH, Minn. – Two days after the latest snow storm some streets in Duluth still haven’t been plowed. Major thoroughfares and what the city calls “Snow Emergency Routes” have been clear of snow for quite some time, but a lot of streets in Central Hillside and other neighborhoods are still piled high with Saturday night’s snowfall. The city is hoping…

Update on Can of Worms Construction Plans

The Department of Minnesota says the project aims to fix the current visibility problems.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced new updates for Duluth’s Can of Worms formally known as the Twin Ports Interchange. Right now the interchange is a visibility concern. Monday officials proposed more options, such as relocating the northbound Highway 53 ramp from 20th Avenue West to 21st Avenue West. Officials say other ideas include entirely different interchange designs…

Arrowhead Road Project Approved

Project Approved by St. Louis County Board for $1.4 Million

DULUTH, Minn.-The St. Louis County Board has approved a construction project for Arrowhead Road. The project will include overlaying the portion from Rice Lake Road to Haines Road. It’s expected to begin in the spring at a cost of $1.4 million. According to the county,  the pavement is nearly two decades old, which means it’s sorely needed at that site….