Duluth Road and Bridge Damage Estimates Total $37 Million Following Flood

By KBJR News 1

July 9, 2012 Updated Jul 9, 2012 at 5:53 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---Road crews in Duluth are working to repair nearly $37 million in road and bridge damage following the floods.

Roughly 200 city street and utility crews are working on the repairs.

City officials say as many as 14 outside contractors will be hired to help with other damages.

The city has achieved its first priority to open up high traffic and residential roads.

Meanwhile, crews are working overtime to patch up pot holes and repair black top and asphalt along the curb lines and ditches.

City engineers are designing plans for reconstruction for the larger projects.

Those projects are expected to take several months to repair and some could even go into next construction season.

"We are going to get FEMA money to come in and replace the dollars we are spending fixing things up," Kelly Fleissner, Maintenance Operations Manager said. "All that takes time, you just can't simply do that much work in that short of time to get everything back to the way we'd like to see it for our residents."

Meanwhile it will cost the city more than $6 million to repair damages to Duluth's parks and recreation areas.

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