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Demolition set to begin to make way for new Duluth transportation center

Demolition of the Salter Building and the Wells Fargo parking ramp in downtown Duluth will begin Monday to make way for the city’s new Multimodal Transportation Center.

The leveling of the structures is estimated to take three to four weeks, the Greater Downtown Council said in a statement, and temporarily will block access to the skywalk near the construction site.

The skywalk on Third Avenue West leading from the Northwest Passage to Wells Fargo Bank will be closed throughout the demolition phase as a safety precaution, the council said. Signs will be posted rerouting travelers.

The Northwest Passage from the DECC also will be closed for about three days, according to the council, while workers tear down walls immediately adjacent to the corridor.

The Duluth Transit Authority will provide a shuttle service from the DECC parking ramp on Railroad Street and the Holiday Center bus stop on West Superior Street while the Northwest Passage is closed.

Once the demolition is complete, a temporary skywalk will link the Northwest Passage and the Wells Fargo Bank building. It will be secure, fully accessible and well-lit, the council said.