September 5, 2012
Steve Krasaway, P.E., Resident Engineer
Public Works Department
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Haines Road informational meeting scheduled for Thursday
It’s a major roadway – typically traveled by 7,000 vehicles on any given day – that was heavily damaged in June’s flood. Now, big improvements are underway for the 2.25-mile stretch of CSAH 91, better known as Haines Road that connects West Duluth to Hermantown.
Anyone interested in learning more about the plans and anticipated timeline for the Haines Road project is invited to a public information meeting this Thursday, September 6, at 7 p.m. at the Clyde Iron Event Center, 2920 West Michigan Street, Duluth.
“This is the largest individual project ever for St. Louis County Public Works, and a lot of planning – and then re-planning following the flood – has gone into it,” said Steve Krasaway, Resident Engineer for St. Louis County. “The new design will make the road safer for motorists and pedestrians, as well as for those who cross the road while using the Superior Hiking Trail and snowmobile trail.”
Haines Road had already been slated to close for repairs beginning in 2013. As a result of this past summer’s flood, those plans were modified to speed up the project and make the best use of road repair dollars. Among the improvements planned as part of this $13 million project:
•Haines will be widened to three lanes (two lanes for traffic going uphill, one lane coming down.)
•A sidewalk will be added.
•The curve at “horseshoe bend” will be designed for 25 mph speeds (previously was for 20 mph). Dynamic Chevron signs will flash in sequence if oncoming motorists are approaching too quickly.
•A 12’ x 11’ underpass will be added where the Superior Hiking Trail crosses Haines Road (just north of the power lines.) This multi-use crossing will be for pedestrians as well as snowmobile riders. A parking area with space for five vehicles also will be added.
•Curb and gutter, along with infiltration basins, will be added on both sides to control storm water drainage for future flood mitigation.
•A right turn lane will be added at Morris Thomas Road.
•2,400 feet of retaining walls will be added to reduce impacts in sensitive areas.
Work has already started to install a box culvert in the area where Skyline Drive overlaps with Haines Road. Once this is done, which is expected to be in October, Haines Road will temporarily re-open to the public above Skyline Drive.
By January 2013, Haines will close again for blasting, followed by re-construction of the road. The goal is to permanently re-open all of Haines by November 2013.
For more information about plans for Haines Road or Thursday’s meeting, please contact Steve Krasaway at 218-625-3841 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The public can sign up for e-mail alerts about this or any St. Louis County Public Works project at stlouiscountymn.gov/construction.
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