4th Street Construction project in Duluth to extend into 2018 season

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Public Works Department  • Richard H. Hansen Transportation & Public Works Complex
4787 Midway Road, Duluth, MN 55811 • Phone: (218) 625-3830

James T. Foldesi, P.E.
Public Works Director/Highway Engineer



September 13, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Krasaway, Resident Engineer

218-625-3841 (office) • 218-213-0579 (cell)

4th Street Construction project in Duluth to extend into 2018 season 

A rainier than normal summer, the discovery of more rock than had been predicted, and other challenging site conditions have all combined to slow down progress on the rebuilding of 4th Street in Duluth. As a result, construction on 4th Street from 23rd Avenue East to Wallace Avenue, and on Wallace Avenue from 4th Street to Arrowhead Road will have to continue into 2018.

On 4th Street from 23rd Avenue East to Wallace Avenue, all utility work and underground construction will be completed this fall, and the contractor will place a layer of pavement to allow traffic and parking over the winter. Additionally, temporary curbs will be installed to control storm water runoff, and temporary paved sidewalk will be placed in areas where the sidewalk is removed. Permanent curb, gutters and sidewalks will be installed next year.

The project will resume next spring and should be complete by early July. Work done in the spring will include final paving, adding curb and gutters, striping and landscaping.

"We knew this was going to be a long and difficult project, and had offered the contractor financial incentives if they could finish within two years. But unfortunately a series of challenges has made that impossible," said Steve Krasaway, St. Louis County Public Works resident engineer. "We've accomplished a lot, and want to make sure we get it done right, not just done fast."

All work on 4th Street between 6th and 23rd Avenues East will be completed yet this fall.

The joint project between the County and the City of Duluth began in 2016 and has included the replacement of water, gas and sewer lines, the reconfiguration of the intersection at 4th Street and Woodland Avenue, and the rebuilding of approximately two miles of 4th Street, plus new sidewalks, street lights, bike lanes and other safety improvements.

To learn more about this or any other St. Louis County road construction project, or to sign up for email updates, visit stlouiscountymn.gov/construction.

4th Street - finished portion
An aerial view of 4th Street looking east from 14th Avenue East shows the newly paved street with new sidewalks, boulevards and striping for bike lanes.

4th Street - still under construction
An aerial view of 4th Street looking west from approximately 22nd Avenue East shows the extensive reconstruction still in progress. This portion will be complete yet this fall. However, work on 4th Street from 23rd Avenue East up to Wallace Avenue and on Wallace Avenue from 4th Street to Arrowhead Road will be delayed until next year.