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Duluth secures $1.25 million in federal funding

The funds will be used for infrastructure improvements for the Aerial Lift Bridge and to modernize the automated 911 response system.

geese fly near Aerial Lift Bridge
Two geese on the wing are framed by the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth at sunrise.
2015 file / Duluth News Tribune
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DULUTH — Over $1 million in federal funding has been secured for the city, U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Tina Smith, D-Minn., announced Monday afternoon in a news release. The funds will designate $500,000 for necessary infrastructure improvements for the Aerial Lift Bridge and $750,000 to modernize the Duluth Police Department's automated 911 emergency response system.

Klobuchar and Smith have been actively involved in securing this federal funding for projects benefiting communities across the state through a process called Congressionally Directed Spending. Klobuchar said in the release she worked with Duluth Mayor Emily Larson and other city leaders to secure the resources for the two projects.

“I’ve long said that we can see the lighthouse on the horizon as we continue to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. With this funding for Duluth, that has never been more true,” Larson said. “Thank you to Sens. Klobuchar and Smith for helping to secure this funding and fighting for Minnesotans in Washington every day.”

The projects are expected to receive the money over the next several months, according to the release.

“These investments are a big win for Duluth,” said Smith. “These projects will help improve public safety and revitalize key local infrastructure. I am particularly proud of our work to secure this funding, which will directly improve the lives of Minnesotans.”

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