Park Point Small Area Plan moves to City Council

By KBJR News 1

April 30, 2014 Updated Apr 30, 2014 at 10:46 PM CDT

Duluth, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) -- The Duluth Planning Commission has approved the Park Point Small Area Plan as recommended by city planners.

The plan which now goes to the city council passed on a 5-3 vote, and includes a couple of options to deal with the "S" curve to improve traffic flow on the point.

One proposal moves the curve up to 8th Street which would cut across several properties before connecting with Minnesota Avenue.

An alternative to that plan was discussed at an open house before the Planning Commission Meeting.

That option would divert traffic onto 8th Street and would not interfere with any properties between 8th and 9th Streets.

However, some homeowners say it would congest traffic even more on Minnesota Avenue.

"If you re-route two lanes of traffic they are going to stop traffic from both ways and create a big bottle neck especially at the bridge," said Burke Edgerton, who owns property between 8th and 9ths Streets on Park Point.

"If they don't change the road and they keep traffic on South Lake Avenue, there is that buffer zone where the commercial vehicles come down and they have easy access because there is basically no access on Minnesota Avenue."

City planners hope to have the recommended plan on the Council agenda for the May 12th meeting.

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