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Photo essay: Light fading on the 'can of worms'

Massive steel beams and concrete columns support multiple highway beds near Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com1 / 5
Sunset silhouettes the many bridges, pillars and beams that form the "can of worms" interchange near the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth. Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com2 / 5
A forest of giant concrete columns supports elevated roadways in the "can of worms" interchange in Duluth. Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com3 / 5
For a fleeting moment, all highway traffic stops at this intersection as lights transition at dusk. Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com4 / 5
The elevated roadway frames this sign indicating the path north. Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com5 / 5

Driving through Duluth every day, there is so much infrastructure that I take for granted. One of these areas is the "can of worms" interchange in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Duluth. The area is formally known as the Twin Ports Interchange. This is where highways I-35, I-535 and U.S. 53 converge in a series of curving ramps, elevated freeways and bridges. Most of us have experienced the can of worms only from a moving vehicle. In coming years, the interchange is scheduled to be rebuilt and will not exist in the current format. Changes down the road will mean fewer bridges and more on-the-ground roadway. Recently at dusk, I explored the site on foot to see what I have driven over and past all these years.