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Blue lights added to help make intersections safer

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.

Public warned about phony contractor

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.

Construction begins Aug. 7 to replace Hwy 88 Bridge west of Ely

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.

County installs remote road condition sensors for better winter storm response

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.

Road construction begins July 31 on Arrowhead Road in Hermantown

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 reminded to drive with caution on newly sealed roads

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.

Business section of 4th Street in Duluth to re-open by Friday

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.

County revamps Adopt A Highway program

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.

Public input wanted on stormwater programs

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.

Bridge replacement begins May 22 on Highway 5 across the Bear River

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.

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