St. Louis County Public Works has installed blue lights at 14 intersections in Duluth and Hermantown to help stop drivers who run red lights. Statistics show that most serious and fatal accidents in the Duluth area are caused by motorists running a red light.
Residents are reminded to always check references before hiring any contractors. An individual claiming to be working on a county road project reportedly has been going door-to-door in Biwabik trying to drum up driveway paving projects. The company he claims to work for is not a contractor for any St. Louis County projects.
Public Works is replacing the nearly 90-year-old bridge that crosses the Burntside River. The project is expected to last until late October, though the contractor has been offered financial incentives if work can be completed earlier.
Public Works will have a new tool to help them respond more quickly and effectively during winter storms. Roadway Weather Information Systems have been installed at five locations, which can detect the presence of snow/ice and send automatic alerts to road crews when dangerous conditions are present.
Major safety improvements are planned on Arrowhead Road between U.S. Highway 53 and Haines Road, including the addition of a frontage road, sidewalk and traffic signal. Also, the road will be resurfaced.
Public Works is chip sealing and scrub sealing a number of roads county wide to lengthen the roads' life span. Motorists are reminded to slow down and increase the distance between vehicles to minimize the chance of damage while small rocks are compacted.
Good news for the businesses along 4th Street in Duluth! The road will re-open between 6th and 14th Avenues East by June 30, after being closed for extensive construction parts of the last two years.
The County has launched an app that will make it easier for volunteers to choose a segment of road to "adopt". New signage will also give more credit to the groups or individuals who pick up litter along county roads.
A public meeting is set for Thursday, June 15, to talk about current stormwater pollution prevention efforts, and to get input from citizens on any suggestions they may have.
Construction begins Monday to replace the 83-year-old bridge on Highway 5 west of Linden Grove Township. Detours will be posted. The project should be complete in November.