Duluth road crews finish up last flood repairs before winterCrews have worked hard to repair flood-damaged roads in Duluth, but some streets will have to wait until next construction season.
By: Peter Passi, Duluth News Tribune
Crews have worked hard to repair flood-damaged roads in Duluth, but some streets will have to wait until next construction season.
“We’re trying to get things buttoned up as fast as we can,” said City Transportation Engineer Cari Pedersen
“It will be a race. We’re hoping the weather will hold,” she said.
“We had such good luck with the weather last year. We could use another fall like that one, because we’ll work as long as we can,” Pedersen said.
Pedersen said she hopes to reopen at least a couple more areas before it snows:
For now, several projects remain on hold until spring, resulting in continued closures. These include the following:
The length of the current construction season will depend on when local bituminous plants stop production for the year. Pedersen said area plants typically shut down sometime between the start of deer hunting season and Thanksgiving, depending on demand and outdoor conditions.
Temporary repairs should allow for some streets to return to service, even though more lasting repairs are still needed.
“We hope those temporary repairs will stay in place, and that they will not be torn off by plow blades this winter. But if that happens, we’ll have to apply cold patch,” Pedersen said.
Spring could prove a challenge, too.
“A lot of streams have changed flow since the flood, and we could have more work to do, depending on how they handle runoff,” she said.
Pedersen said city staff has been working with local contractors and consulting engineers to tackle repairs quickly.
“Everyone jumped in and did whatever they could. We had to double our normal work load,” she said.
When roadwork stops for the winter, staff will ramp up engineering efforts. Pedersen doesn’t expect the pace of work to let up any time soon.
“By the end of next year, we hope to be more back to normal,” she said.