West Duluth intersection of 63rd Avenue West and Bristol Street reopens
After a wait of more than two years, residents of West Duluth soon will regain full access to 63rd Avenue West and Bristol Street.
The culverts themselves survived the flooding — but they weren’t big enough to handle the swollen creek, and floodwaters caused major damage around them. That forced the closure of 63rd Avenue West, an important local thoroughfare linking neighborhoods on either side of Interstate 35, as well as an adjoining portion of Bristol Street.
Work on the streets was delayed while the city addressed other flood-damaged infrastructure and ongoing projects. While the streets were closed to through traffic, all residents still were able to access their homes from either side of the closures.
Now, after several months of work — including the installation of new, larger culverts — the roads are open to local traffic. Construction crews are slated to pave the parking lanes today, finishing work on Thursday, city officials reported. There will be some periodic closures today and early Thursday before the road is officially open to all traffic late Thursday.