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Duluth gets ready for snow emergencies

The city finished installing 2,226 "Snow Emergency" signs this week.

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NTTK Inc. foreman Ben Blonigen, right, secures a snow emergency route sign post to its base as coworker Evan Kremin documents its location on Hutchinson Road near the Piedmont Trailhead on Monday, May 17, 2021. Steve Kuchera / File / Duluth News Tribune
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The city of Duluth has designated and signed 120 miles of street, designating major local thoroughfares as snow emergency routes. The new signs should give the city the ability to declare snow emergencies, forcing parked vehicles off key streets and speeding snow removal efforts when major winter storms strike.

Before the signs were installed, Jim Benning, Duluth's director of public works and utilities, said it was impractical to use the city's snow emergency powers. In all, the city invested $315,497 to purchase and install the new signs, with the work beginning in May of this year.

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One of 2,266 snow emergency route signs Duluth has installed along 120 miles of city roads. Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune

Residents are encouraged to visit the Duluth city website and sign up for the free Northland Alert service to receive notice whenever a snow emergency is declared. Notice will be given no later than 4 p.m., and parked vehicles must be removed from designated snow emergency routes by no later than 9 p.m.

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To date, 4,368 Duluth residents have subscribed to receive Northland Alerts.

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