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Duluth receives state funding for road projects

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is giving Duluth $1.1 million to help extend Waseca Industrial Road to provide better access for trucks to Grand Avenue (State Highway 23) without driving through a residential neighborhood and an area with an elementary school, the agency announced on Tuesday.

The funding, which was awarded through DEED’s Transportation Economic Development Infrastructure Program, is less than the city’s request of $1.66 million for the project to expand the Waseca Industrial Park in Duluth’s Irving neighborhood. The city will need to provide a match of more than $400,000 for the project, which has a total cost of about $2.1 million.

Additionally, the Department of Transportation on Tuesday announced a $247,000 grant for a new traffic signal at the base of Spirit Mountain at Grand Avenue and Warwick Street. A new city street, Kayak Bay Road, will be constructed to access a housing and commercial development, creating a four-way intersection. The traffic signal will ensure vehicle and pedestrian safety, according to MnDOT. The total project cost is $354,000.

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