Virtual meeting Oct 29 re: new intersection at Hwy 33 and Industrial Road

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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



October 22, 2020

MEDIA CONTACT: Victor Lund, Traffic Engineer



Improvements coming to Industrial Township intersection; virtual meeting set for Oct. 29

St. Louis County Public Works and the Minnesota Department of Transportation are working on plans to reconfigure the intersection of Highway 33 and Industrial Road (County State Aid Highway 7) into a Reduced Conflict Intersection - also known as a J-turn. This intersection in Industrial Township has been the site of five traffic crashes in the last decade, including two resulted in injuries. The project is expected to take place in 2022, but with the design phase just beginning, the public is invited to learn more about it through a virtual meeting on Thursday, October 29, at 6 p.m. Information on how to join the meeting, along with additional details about the project, can be found online at


Four of the five crashes at this intersection were right angle (T-bone) type crashes. Right-angle type crashes have the greatest likelihood of resulting in a serious injury or fatality. A Reduced Conflict Intersection removes the opportunity for right‐angle crashes. The design prevents vehicles on the side street from making a direct through or direct left turn movement. Instead, a driver on the side street intending to make a through or left‐turn movement must make a right turn, proceed to a median U‐turn, and return to the main intersection to complete their movement.


The virtual meeting will include details on the project's proposed design, construction impacts, and schedule. Anyone who is unable to attend the meeting but would like more information can contact Victor Lund, St. Louis County Traffic Engineer, at (218) 625-3873 or email


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

intersection google view

A virtual meeting will be held October 29 to update the public on plans to convert the intersection of Highway 33 and Industrial Road into a safer, J-turn intersection.

J-turn drawing