St. Louis County Recaps Repairs of Last June's Flood

By KBJR News 1

10th ave and E. 3rd st Duluth

June 19, 2013 Updated Dec 20, 2013 at 7:54 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - In the wake of last June's flood Duluth and St. Louis County officials say they're working hard to repair what washed away.

"Originally we had 843 damaged sites covering over fourteen hundred miles of our highway network, we have about 3,000 miles of highway, about half of our network was affected in some way by this event," said Jim Foldesi, St. Louis County Public Works Director.

County officials gathered Wednesday on Skyline Parkway near Haines Road where the most expensive reconstruction is underway.

The project costs about 11.5 million dollars, but the renovations are for down the road.

"The road will be a lot better than it was in June last year, be prepared for a heavy rain event. With curb and gutter systems, storm and sewer, rip wrap, retention ponds, this road is going to be set up to handle a lot of water," said Steve Krasaway, resident engineer for the project.

Meanwhile the city is also working to repair six miles of damaged roads and allies.

While the repairs are welcome news for many, one neighbor says she's asked the city to come up with an alternative plan.

"I actually suggested to the city to not re-due the section of this road and leave it as a bike route or city park or something like that," said Aga Bednerz

The flood caused $17.3 million of damage to city streets, bridges and culverts; many of which are mixed with county roads.

"The city engineer and the public works director for St. Louis County worked very closely together to get those roads done collaboratively, as quickly as possible," said Jim Benning, director of public works for the city of Duluth.

County officials say they still have $17.5 million worth of construction left to complete.

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