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More money requested for Duluth’s seawall restoration project

DULUTH, MN–City officials are asking for more money to complete the final phase of Duluth’s seawall restoration project.

On June 10, the Duluth City Council is expected to consider an ordinance that would put an additional $700,000 toward the environmentally-centered project, bringing the total cost to $7.9 million.

According to city officials, that money would fund costs they hadn’t planned for. It would also help install a storm water outfall, concrete patios, sidewalks, curbs, bike path, seeding turf areas, and lights.

Before the additional dollars were requested, the project, which is clearing the Minnesota Slip of contaminated sediment, totaled $7.2 million. The money that came in part from a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

Work on the final phase of the project is expected to start Monday and be wrapped up before Grandma’s Marathon on June 21.

During this time, the Minnesota Slip Bridge will be closed to pedestrian traffic, although marine traffic will not be affected.

“We realize this will be an inconvenience for pedestrian access from the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) to Canal Park, but once we finish these last few weeks of the Sea Wall Rehabilitation Project, the new and improved dock walls along Minnesota Slip and behind the DECC should be a welcome improvement for the public enjoyment of that area for decades to come,” Property and Facilities Manager, Erik Birkeland, said. “We are looking forward to completing this project.”

Briggs LeSavage

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