Mortensen Construction and LHB Design To Lead Multimodal Transportation Center

By KBJR News 1

April 1, 2013 Updated Apr 1, 2013 at 10:21 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The architects and building contractor have been chosen for Duluth's Multimodal Transportation Center and the Northwest Passage skywalk.

The Duluth Transit Authority, joined by Mayor Don Ness, announced that Mortensen Construction and LHB Design will lead the $28.9M project to build a facility that will act as a transportation hub in Duluth.

A boarding platform for local, regional, and inter–city carriers will be constructed in addition to climate controlled waiting areas and public restrooms.

Mayor Ness says the project will transform the Twin Ports region.

"Short term there is—whenever we take on a project of this size there is going to be some inconvenience. We are going to be replacing that skywalk connection. We are trying to do it in a way that will have the least amount of disruption possible," Duluth Mayor Don Ness said.

"We are getting launched into design right now. We are looking into a lot of design options and schedule options. So, we have not solidified the actual schedule yet, but we look to start demolition late this fall with a ground breaking later this year of early in the spring. And completion in the spring of 2015," Dan Mehls, VP Project Development, Mortenson Construction, said.

The Northwest Passage connects the DECC with Duluth's downtown area.

The upgrade widens the passage by 50 percent and eliminates a pervasive smell.

Mayor Ness says it will be an improved gateway to the waterfront.
With the contractors in place the DTA held a public forum late this afternoon to share the multimodal design and project goals with the public.

We'll tell you how people feel about the upgrades tonight at 10.

Justin Reis, NNC.