Virtual meeting planned for Morris Thomas Road project

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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




February 17, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Krasaway, Resident Engineer

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


Improvements planned for Morris Thomas Road; virtual meeting set for February 25

St. Louis County Public Works and the City of Duluth are working together on a project to reconstruct Morris Thomas Road (County State Aid Highway 56) between Haines Road and Piedmont Avenue. The work is needed due to aging underground utilities and deteriorating pavement, curbs and gutters.


The public is invited to learn more about what is being planned through a virtual meeting on Thursday, February 25, at 6 p.m. Information on how to join the meeting, along with additional details about the project, can be found online at The web page also includes a "comment map", which allows citizens to post ideas or feedback about the project.


The project is scheduled to begin in 2022 and is expected to span two construction seasons. The City of Duluth will be in charge of utility replacements in 2022, followed by the County reconstructing the road in 2023. Morris Thomas will be closed to all through traffic during both construction seasons.


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 Steve Krasaway, St. Louis County Resident Engineer, at (218) 625-3841 or email


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


Morris Thomas detour map

A virtual meeting will be held February 25 to provide information on a two-year project to reconstruct Morris Thomas Road between Haines Road and Piedmont Avenue.