Commissioners unanimously approved the resolution after initial assessements show an estimated $3.4 million in damages from the October 27 snow and windstorm. The declaration starts the process to possibly receive state and federal public disaster assistance for the City of Duluth, DNR, and Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad, as well as the County.
The $2 million project created a longer, safer bridge crossing the Bear River. It's one of several projects to improve Highway 5 in the Linden Grove area.
The resurfacing of Highway 101 between Eveleth and Mt. Iron is now complete, and along with that, new signs were posted this week giving the road an honorary name: Representative Joe Begich Highway.
The County Land Explorer now features a "Recreation theme" that shows county roads, state trails, and forest service roads and trails where ATVs can be safely operated. The Land Explorer mobile app also features the new map.
The opening of the roundabout marks the completion of a 2.5 year project to re-route Highway 5 to accomodate expanded mining operations at Hibbing Taconite.
The new bridge spans the Burntside River, and opened approximately two weeks ahead of schedule. The road will close again for a brief time late next spring for final paving, striping and other finishing details.
The project is expected to last only four days. Motorists on Mall Drive and Market Street will be able to access businesses on those streets, but will not be able to cross or turn onto Haines Road.
Town Line Road, between U.S. Highway 53 to just past South Fire Trail, is expected to be closed for several weeks. Public Works is repairing a culvert that failed, likely due to high water after recent rains.
Construction and work on the traffic signals at the intersection of Haines and Arrowhead Roads in Hermantown will be completed sooner than expected, enabling the re-opening of Haines Road.
Good news for motorists who have been detoured off 21st Avenue East in Duluth for the last month. Construction at the intersection with 4th Street is nearly complete, and the Avenue will re-open on Sept. 26 at 5 p.m.