Can of Worms Project Construction Underway
Tuesday, Sept. 7
- MnDOT contractors will be starting work on drainage structure repairs between 5th Avenue West and Lake Avenue, and work will take place on both northbound and southbound lanes.
- Lane and shoulder closures will be taking place during daytime hours and in areas where work is occurring.
- A nighttime closure on southbound lanes will be needed at a later date.
- Construction could last through October.
Wednesday/Thursday, Sept. 8 & 9
- A portion of Duluth’s I-35 will be closed for Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) crews to work on drainage structure repairs.
- A daytime on-ramp closure at 5th Ave. W to northbound I-35 will take place Sept. 8 – 9, and again Sept. 13 – 15.
- The closures will be between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Traffic will be detoured to Lake Ave. ramp to northbound I-35.
- The construction will take place on both northbound and southbound lanes. Lane and shoulder closures should be expected.
- Work is expected to last through October.
Monday, Sept. 27
- Southbound I-35 traffic will be routed onto Lower Michigan Street near Garfield Avenue and back onto I-35 just north of 27th Avenue West. This configuration will be in place through fall of 2022.
- Southbound I-35 to southbound I-535 will close.
- The signed detour will follow southbound I-35 to the Hwy 2 Bong Bridge.
Tuesday, Sept. 28
- In preparation for the fifth phase of the Lakewalk Reconstruction Project, a portion of the Lakewalk will be closed.
- Sections of the Lakewalk will be closed from the bottom of the pedestrian ramp below Gitchi -ode’ Akiing Park to Water Street.
- Lakewalk users are asked to stay out of closed sections while work is being done.
- Work is expected to be complete by October 2.
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 30, Oct. 5
- North 20th Avenue West will close between West Superior Street and West 1st for training at the Seaway Hotel.
- The block will be closed from 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
- The sidewalk opposite the Seaway will be open during training hours.
Thursday, Oct. 7
- Temporary road closures will be in place for portions of West 10th Street beginning at 7 a.m.–4 p.m. Thursday.
- City crews will be removing trees on West 10th Street between 24th and 27th Avenue West.
- Sidewalks will also be closed.
- Work is expected to be done by 4 p.m. Friday, October 8.
Monday, Oct. 11
- Lane closures on both south and northbound I-35 at the Moose Horn River between Moose Lake and Barnum in Carlton County.
- The left lane in both directions will be closed with no width restrictions for pier work underneath the bridge.
- Lanes are expected to reopen on October 31.
Friday, Oct. 8
- Travelers headed northbound on I-35 will encounter a shift in traffic as northbound I-35 is routed onto the existing southbound lanes.
- This configuration will last through the fall of 2022.
- Northbound I-35 to southbound I-535 will close.
- The signed detour will follow the Highway 2 Bong Bridge.
- The ramp from 27th Avenue West to northbound I-35 will close through Oct. 15.
- The signed detour will follow I-35 south to 40th Avenue West and then back north.
Thursday, Friday, October 14-15
- Mesaba Avenue will be closed from West 1st Street to southbound I-35 between
8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 and 6 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15 in Duluth.
- The closure is needed for the installation of precast barrier that will place traffic in one lane before merging onto I-35.
- Traffic will be detoured from West 1st Street to 6th Avenue West onto Michigan Street and then to 5th Avenue West and onto southbound I-35.
- The ramp from northbound I-35 to northbound I-35 will close.
Check MnDOT 511 before traveling for information on road conditions, closures, and detour routes.
Twin Ports Interchange Hotline: 218-343-3748
Important reminders for motorists regarding work zone safety:
· Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution.
· Stay alert; work zones constantly change.
· Watch for workers and slow-moving equipment.
· Obey posted speed limits. Fine for a violation in a work zone is $300.
· Minimize distractions behind the wheel.
· Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times.