Public meeting for Howard Gnesen Road long-term planning

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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




January 27, 2023

MEDIA CONTACT: Carol Andrews, Principal Engineer



Public meetings set to plan and get input on Howard Gnesen Road 

St. Louis County Public Works staff will hold a public input event as they begin planning for possible future improvements to Howard Gnesen Road between West Arrowhead Road in Duluth and Martin Road in Rice Lake. Three workshop sessions will be held on Monday, February 6, at 3, 4:30 and 6 p.m. at Homecroft Elementary School, 4784 Howard Gnesen Road. Anyone who lives along or near this road, or who travels on it by car or non-motorized means, is encouraged to attend whichever of these in-person sessions fits best with their schedule.


Howard Gnesen Road is an important transportation corridor that currently does not offer safe or comfortable options for walking and bicycling. St. Louis County received a grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to help prepare an Active Transportation Plan for Howard Gnesen Road. Active transportation means biking, walking or using mobility devices like scooters and wheelchairs.


St. Louis County is in the early stages of planning to reconstruct the road. Actual construction would likely not happen for at least 7-10 years. The current goal is to gather input from people who live, work, go to school or travel along the road. This input will help the County to understand the needs and preferences of the community before they begin the preliminary design process. Additional opportunities for public input will be provided as the project goes through preliminary design. The goal of this effort is to provide an attractive, safe and comfortable roadway that serves the transportation needs of all users.


As part of this early planning process, the county also has formed an advisory team that includes representatives from St. Louis County, the cities of Rice Lake and Duluth, Homecroft Elementary School, two residents who live on Howard Gnesen Road, Duluth Aging Support, Cedar Ridge Neighborhood Association, Hartley Nature Center, Complete Auto Repair and Service (CARS) business, BikeMN, and the Duluth-Superior Metro Interstate Council.


More information about the project, including the option to sign up for email updates, can be found online at People also can learn more by contacting Project Manager Carol Andrews at 218-625-3862 or email



Howard Gnesen Rd near Homecroft School

Howard Gnesen Road near Homecroft School. A series of public input meetings will be held Feb. 6 to begin developing possibly plans for reconstruction of the road.