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Public asked to weigh in on ‘can of worms’ survey

The “can of worms” interchange in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth is slated for reconstruction. (2017 file / News Tribune)

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is asking the public to complete an online survey which will help inform the Twin Ports Interchange reconstruction project.

The $205 million project will rebuild and modernize what is commonly known as the “can of worms” — a series of interchanges outside downtown Duluth which provides access to the port, Lincoln Park neighborhood and more, and includes interstates 35 and 535, U.S. Highway 53, 27th Avenue West and Garfield Avenue.

The proposed reconstruction project has so far included multiple concepts, including bringing several sections of elevated roadway down to grade and making safety improvements to what is a network of twists and turns which can restrict sightlines.

In a Wednesday news release, MnDOT said it is inviting the public to share its thoughts about the project by completing the online survey at The input received will inform the selection of a preferred concept. The survey closes Dec. 11.

“Many local and regional motorists travel through the (Twin Ports Interchange) project area,” the news release said. “MnDOT wants to better understand travel patterns and what users view as the greatest need for improvement.”