Segment of Old U.S. Highway 2 to close permanently by early September

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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




August 24, 2020

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


Joe Wicklund, Communications Manager, City of Hermantown



Segment of Old U.S. Highway 2 to close permanently by early September

A small segment of Old U.S. Highway 2 near Morris Thomas Road will close permanently by early September. The short segment, more commonly recognized as the point where Morris Thomas Road crosses the current U.S. Highway 2, was originally expected to close next year as part of an intersection improvement project. However, St. Louis County and the City of Hermantown determined it was best to perform the closure now to avoid delays next spring that would have been required due to the project's proximity to a designated trout stream.


The majority of the project will still take place in 2021, and will include adding left turn lanes on Highway 2 for vehicles turning onto Morris Thomas Road. It also involves the realignment of Morris Thomas Road to intersect Highway 2 at a 90-degree angle. The portion of Old Highway 2 closest to Midway Road will become a dead end just west of Highway 2


The closure of this segment of Old Highway 2 was approved by the Hermantown City Council.


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