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Public meeting on future of Blatnik Bridge is next week

A series of road improvement meetings is coming in December.

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The Blatnik Bridge from Rice’s Point looking toward Superior in fall 2019. Jed Carlson / File / Superior Telegram

The Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation are hosting a virtual public meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday to discuss alternative options for the Blatnik Bridge project.

The Blatnik Bridge opened in 1961, connecting Duluth and Superior over the St. Louis River Bay. After 60 years of exposure to elements, the bridge has deteriorated and is nearing the end of its usable life, a news release said.

MnDOT and WisDOT have a management agreement in place to keep the bridge safe for its remaining life, and MnDOT is leading the National Environmental Policy Act process to assess the project’s needs, alternative options and determine environmental impacts.

Construction for the project is targeted for 2028-2032, with preliminary and final design process from 2024-2028.

The public meeting will include a presentation and time for questions. More information on the project and a link to the virtual meeting can be found on the project webpage at mndot.gov/d1/projects/blatnik-bridge . For those unable to attend any of the meetings, a recording will be posted on the webpage to be viewed when convenient. To call into the meeting, dial 855-282-6330. The meeting access code is 2484 248 6026.

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Highway 23 project meeting is Tuesday

MnDOT, along with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, is hosting a virtual public meeting at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday to discuss the Minnesota Highway 23 resurfacing project in Gary-New Duluth and the Perch Lake habitat restoration project.

The resurfacing project stretches along Highway 23 from state Highway 39 to Fifth Street. The estimated $3 million project is scheduled for the 2023 construction season. The DNR project at Perch Lake is scheduled for 2022 and is to restore fish and wildlife habitat at the lake.

The public meeting will include a presentation on both projects and time for questions. More information on both projects and a link to the virtual meeting can be found on the project website at mndot.gov/d1/projects/hwy23 . To call into the meeting, call 844-621-3956. The meeting access code is 2491 665 9032.

Meeting planned to present improvements in Two Harbors

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is hosting a virtual public meeting at 5 p.m., Wednesday to discuss the Minnesota Highway 61 intersection safety improvements proposed at Homestead, Alseth, Salakka, Short and Sannes roads. The University of Minnesota will be presenting on reduced conflict intersections, or J-turns, similar to that proposed at the Homestead Road intersection.

The public meeting will include a presentation on all proposed intersection safety improvements and time for questions. The $2.1 million project is scheduled for 2024.

More information on the project and a link to the virtual meeting can be found on the project webpage at mndot.gov/d1/projects/hwy61 . To call into the meeting, dial 855-282-6330. The meeting access code is 2488 274 1007.

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