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DECC expansion begins today

The first phase of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center's $80 million expansion will began Oct. 1 (today), with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new, 475-car ramp, which is being connected to the south edge of the DECC's existing ramp.

The first phase of the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center's $80 million expansion will began Oct. 1 (today), with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new, 475-car ramp, which is being connected to the south edge of the DECC's existing ramp.

Ramp construction will take less than a year, with the five-level structure scheduled to open in Sept.2009.

Construction on the arena itself will begin in the spring of 2009, and as part of that construction the ramp will be connected to the new arena via a skywalk.

"The parking ramp ground-breaking is the start of more than two years of construction at the DECC, which will require approximately 300 local, union construction workers on the job," said Mayor Ness. "But the DECC will continue business as usual during this time. The existing ramp and skywalk will always remain open during construction, so that sporting events, concerts, trade shows, wedding receptions and other activities are not impacted."

The ramp was designed by LHB Engineers & Architects, with support from Carl Walker, Inc. The ramp contractor is Knutson Construction Services.

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Russell added that design work on the new arena has also been in progress, and that final designs will be unveiled Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the DECC's Harborside Ballroom.

-- Press release

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