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Duluth Transportation Center to close for road work

A new skywalk (left) feeding into the city skywalk (right) over Michigan Street at the Duluth Transportation Center as shown in February 2016. The DTC will close temporarily to accommodate road construction on Michigan Street. (file / News Tribune)

The Duluth Transportation Center that opened in February will close temporarily starting Monday to accommodate construction on Michigan Street.

The closure is projected to last up to a month, depending on construction progress, the Duluth Transit Authority said in a Wednesday news release.

During the closure all DTA buses will utilize the former Superior Street bus stops in front of the Holiday Center. Westbound passengers will board and exit at the Holiday Center, while eastbound passengers will do so in front of the DTA's former longtime transit center across the street.

The DTA's information booth will reopen in the Superior Street transit center, where passengers can purchase fare cards and bus passes during daytime hours Monday through Saturday.

The changes are to accommodate work by Minnesota Power to utility lines along West Michigan Street. The work, Minnesota Power spokeswoman Amy Rutledge said in February, is an extension of a project from last season that "will strengthen the downtown underground infrastructure and improve reliability to all of our customers."

After the Transportation Center reopens, Jefferson Lines and its bus terminal to farther-off places such as the Twin Cities will open in the center in June.

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