N E W S R E L E A S E
June 10, 2011
Victor Lund, P.E., Traffic Engineer
St. Louis County Public Works Department
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
West Arrowhead Road & Rice Lake Road Construction
St. Louis County and the City of Duluth are partnering on a project to reconstruct the intersections of Rice Lake Road/Arlington Avenue and West Arrowhead Road, and Rice Lake Road/Minnesota Power Entrance and West Arrowhead Road. Both intersections are located west of Kenwood Avenue. Each intersection serves approximately 25,000 vehicles per day. Both Rice Lake Road and West Arrowhead Road serve as primary routes between commercial and residential centers for citizens living in the greater Duluth area and within the City of Duluth.
This project will include roadway improvements to West Arrowhead Road such as new pavement and turn lanes installation. The traffic signal at Rice Lake Road/Arlington Avenue and West Arrowhead Road will be renovated, but the traffic signal at Rice Lake Road/Minnesota Power Entrance and West Arrowhead Road will be completely removed and replaced with a new traffic signal to accommodate new turn lanes. The project will significantly improve traffic operations at both intersections due to the additional turn lanes and latest traffic signal technology.
Work is expected to begin on Monday, June 20, 2011, with the number of lanes reduced to just one lane in each direction. Both traffic signals will be temporarily shut down at a later date and both intersections will be controlled by a four-way stop until all traffic signals are operational again.
There will be no assigned detour for traffic that normally accesses these intersections. Changeable message signs will be deployed to Rice Lake Road and West Arrowhead Road before lane closures are implemented to warn drivers of road construction ahead, and that they should seek an alternative route. This project is anticipated to be complete on September 16, 2011 and will last for approximately two (2) months.
This construction work will significantly impact traffic causing time delays. St. Louis County and the City of Duluth regret the inconvenience to area residents and others who regularly use this route, and ask that the motoring public seek an alternative route during the project. Further updates will be provided as soon as additional information is known.
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