Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) – Haines Road in West Duluth reopened to traffic Tuesday morning after 16 months of work following the June 2012 flood.
This is the final county road to reopen following the disaster. So far it is the largest and most expensive road project in St. Louis County’s history, with a price tag of $12 million.
The road needed to be redone even before the flood because there were narrow shoulders, no pedestrian accommodations, erosion control issues and no curb, gutter or storm sewers.
“For traffic safety, we have a little buffer zone before people were to drive off the road,” St. Louis County Public Works Director, Jim Foldeski, said.
Sidewalks have been added to the entire length of the project and the road has wider shoulders.
Repaving roads, erecting retaining walls and excavating rock made up a majority of the cost.