Superior Street Revitalization Plan Underway

By KBJR News 1

May 30, 2013 Updated May 30, 2013 at 9:59 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCnow.com)--Duluth City and Downtown Business leaders say they want to replace portions of the crumbling Superior Street brick surface.

They say it's all part of a multi–year project that will give Superior Street a modern facelift while preserving some of its iconic history.

If you've driven along Superior Street recently, chances are you've seen your share of pot holes and construction crews...
Twenty-five years of wear and tear have taken its toll not only on the brick surface but also the city budget.

"We can't afford to spend a tremendous amount of money, fixing the bricks that are in place, knowing that in the next few years all of that work will be dug up when we need to reconstruct Superior Street," said Duluth Mayor Don Ness.

On Wednesday, city leaders pitched a plan that would replace sections of the brick street between Lake Avenue and 5th Avenue West.

It's a plan that's beginning to take shape.

"We're gonna replace the bricks in the driving lane, so between the two parking lanes between here and Fifth Avenue West, we're gonna leave the intersections and we're not gonna touch the parking surfaces so we'll still retain a brick character," said City Administrative Officer David Montgomery.

Officials say with the right community collaboration, it will boost Duluth's downtown district.

"This is our opportunity to really do some visioning for what our downtown, what does the main street our Superior Street look like for the next twenty plus years," said Kristi Stokes, President of Greater Downtown Council.

And with the just right touch, officials promise Duluth's downtown will thrive for decades to come.

The city will host public meetings in August to discuss the project.

The project could start as early as 2015.

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