Essentia Health is launching a shuttle to help patients and visitors navigate its Duluth campus as the second phase of Second Street closures starts Wednesday.

Starting Wednesday, Second Street will reopen from Fourth Avenue East to the intersection with Fifth Avenue East, which will be closed, according to a news release from Essentia on Monday.

PREVIOUSLY: Expect route changes at downtown Essentia campus starting Wednesday

Changes for patients and visitors to note:

  • Traffic will be two-way from Fourth to Fifth avenues east to accommodate only patient drop-off and pickup via a temporary driveway to Essentia Health-Duluth and its Duluth Clinic Second Street Building. The driveway between Fourth and Fifth avenues east will lead to a new circle drive. This block of two-way traffic will be only for patient and staff drop-off and pickup.
  • Second Street will be closed from Fifth to Sixth avenues east.
  • Entry to and exit from Essentia Health’s Green Ramp via Second Street will reopen.
  • Fifth Avenue East will be closed just past the parking area/Green Ramp exit area.
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(Map courtesy of Essentia Health)
(Map courtesy of Essentia Health)

About the shuttles

Two free shuttles will be available starting Wednesday only to patients and visitors, the release said. They will make three stops to load and unload passengers: the Essentia Health-Miller Dwan Building, the Third Street Clinic at 400 E. Third St., and near the Red Ramp at Fourth Street and Fourth Avenue East. The shuttles will operate in a continuous loop, stopping at each of the three locations during each rotation.

The time between each drop-off and pickup location is estimated at 10 minutes or less. The shuttles will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, eventually expanding to 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

To board the shuttle, patients and visitors should park in the Red Ramp, the Green Ramp or use city parking areas and then make their way to a pickup location, the news release advised.

The three-phase Second Street closures, part of Essentia's Vision Northland project, began April 28 and are expected to last six months.

More information about parking at Essentia is available at essentiahealth.org/alerts/essentia-health-downtown-duluth-parking.