East Second Street in Duluth will be closed between Fourth and Fifth avenues east for construction starting Wednesday.

The closure, which runs through Essentia Health's downtown campus, is part of the first phase of the city's six-month utility and street-improvement project, Essentia announced in a news release Monday.

In addition to the block's closure, Fifth Avenue East will be a one-way street going down the hill, and Sixth Avenue East will be a one-way street going up the hill between Second and Third streets.

The first phase of construction will close East Second Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues East beginning Wednesday. (Map courtesy of Essentia Health)
The first phase of construction will close East Second Street between Fourth and Fifth Avenues East beginning Wednesday. (Map courtesy of Essentia Health)

The patient drop-off for Essentia Health-Duluth and the Duluth Clinic Second Street Building will temporarily move to the same-day surgery parking lot behind Essentia Health-Duluth, off Sixth Avenue East, until May 21.

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Essentia patients and visitors to the Duluth Clinic First Street Building are asked to use the city ramp located on First Street, between Third and Fourth avenues east. Patients and visitors to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center should park in the Red Ramp, located off Fourth Street, between Third and Fourth avenues east.

All other patients and visitors are asked to park in Essentia’s Green Ramp, which has been outfitted with additional entry and exit points on Third Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues east. The Green Ramp is no longer accessible from Second Street.

On May 3, Second Street will also close between Sixth and Ninth avenues east. The second phase of the infrastructure-improvement project is slated to begin in July.

Essentia asks patients and visitors to arrive early for all appointments at the downtown campus and to expect patient drop-off and pick-up to require extra time, the release said.

This project is financed by a $97.7 million appropriation in the medical district bill approved by the Minnesota Legislature in late May 2019.

To view the status of construction projects, visit constructduluth.org. For Essentia Health routes, drop-off sites and parking information, visit essentiahealth.org/alerts/essentia-health-downtown-duluth-parking.