The Highland Street project in West Duluth, the final flood-related repair for St. Louis County Public Works, is now complete. It's taken three years, and $50 million to repair and rebuild 843 damage sites that affected 1,400 miles of County roads.
The two-year project to improve 11 miles of Vermilion Trail (CSAH 4) northeast of Island Lake is funded by - and accelerated because of - the Transportation Sales Tax.
With more than 100 road and bridge projects scheduled this year in St. Louis County, motorists are urged to pay attention when traveling in or near a construction zone.
Highway 16, also known as Townline Road running through Forbes; and Highway 25 near Cherry - totally nearly 21 miles of roadway, will be resurfaced this summer. Motorists are asked to use caution and watch for temporary lane closures.
A sign that we're working our way through spring toward summer. Weight restrictions on county roads are now lifted.
More than 420 miles of County roads and 47 bridges will be improved during 2015 and 2016 as part of this ambitious but necessary investment. The two-year plan will be the busiest ever for St. Louis County Public Works.
Spring road restrictions on all county roads begin at midnight. Vehicles used to pump/carry septic sewage are exempt. The restrictions likely will remain in place until early May.
The County Board has approved a half percent sales tax, which goes into effect next April, to fund transportation related projects that will begin already next summer. The vote was 5-1 (Dahlberg opposed, Jewell absent).
Following criticism from Duluth's Mayor regarding the county's proposed Transportation Sales tax, Commissioner Steve Raukar issued a statement in response emphasizing that St. Louis County must focus on serving the needs of all residents and businesses within our 7,000 square miles.
Two more public hearings will take place on the proposed Transportation Sales Tax: on Nov. 25 in Hibbing and Dec. 1 in Hermantown. For anyone unable to attend or who wants to learn more, here's the PowerPoint presentation detailing the need, and how the estimated $10.5 million raised each year would be used.