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New road construction work begins this week in Northland

Long-awaited road improvements to U.S. Highway 53 between Haines and Midway roads will begin Tuesday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported.

Long-awaited road improvements to U.S. Highway 53 between Haines and Midway roads will begin Tuesday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported.
The project eventually will include resurfacing the major thoroughfare. But first there will be work on Americans with Disabilities Act improvements and upgrades to traffic signals. Most of the initial work will take place at the intersections with Arrowhead Road, Stebner Road and Cirrus Drive, MnDOT said.
Starting this week drivers can expect lane closures in the work area, and there may be traffic delays. The project is slated to be finished in late October.
Northwest Passage work
The reconstruction of the Northwest Passage skywalk linking the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center to downtown Duluth will enter its final stage Tuesday.
At 6 a.m. Tuesday, the on-ramp from Lake Avenue to southbound Interstate 35 will close, along with the right lane of southbound I-35 in that area; the left lane will reopen. The frontage road along southbound I-35 from First Avenue West to Fifth Avenue West will remain closed. The closures are expected to last no more than three weeks.
Drivers trying to get on southbound I-35 at Lake Avenue will be detoured to the on-ramp at Fifth Avenue West.
The Northwest Passage reconstruction is part of the Duluth Transit Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Center project along Michigan Street.
The DTA’s DECC and downtown shuttle bus (Route 22) will continue to operate weekdays, with the main DECC stop on Railroad Street below the Northwest Passage.
I-35 lane closure
Southbound Interstate 35 will be restricted to a single lane at Boundary Avenue from 9 a.m. Wednesday to about 3 p.m. Thursday to allow MnDOT crews to patch several areas where the pavement is in poor condition.
Drivers are asked to slow down in the area and prepare for possible traffic delays.

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