Crews Break Ground On Tower Avenue

By KBJR News 1

April 18, 2013 Updated Apr 18, 2013 at 8:15 PM CDT

Superior, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Even though the weather may not feel like its spring, the sight of Road construction may make you feel like it is.

Tower Avenue in Superior is now closed for the 12 block stretch of road slated for overhaul.

They plan to re–open the road on October first.

Justin Reis is live on Tower Avenue...Justin I understand it's been nearly 80 years since the road has been rebuilt?

Construction crews have started demolishing pavement between Third Street and Belknap Avenue.

Behind me you can see the traffic that is backing up along Belknap...that's because Tower Avenue serves as a main artery through Superior.

Traffic is now rerouted around downtown, primarily on Hammond Avenue.

If we walk over this way, you can see the northbound area of Tower.

Here we can see crew members from WisDOT and Chippewa Concrete at work.

The new stretch of road the will run for one mile and is expected to revitalize Superior's shopping and business districts.

More housing is also expected to occur in the downtown area as a result of the road improvements.

The stretch of road has connections to I–535, US 53, and US two... Superior's mayor says it's about time the center of the city gets a facelift.

"Construction is never pretty, especially when you start digging up streets. So, what we'll expect to see is in the beginning a lot of digging, of course, sewer replacement water laterals, mainline water, and then it will be recomputed with a new base," Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen said.

Officials say eight and twelfth streets will be open and will act as an entry to the area for the entirety of the project.

Also remaining open are each of the businesses in this area.

The city's back door project will allow community members to access shops through the back and side doors from the alley ways.

The popular farmer's market will still be right here at the intersection of Belknap and Tower.

You may just need to bring a little patience along with you when you go shopping.

The construction will span from store front to store front.

There will even be decorative elements, including stained concrete, trees lining the boulevard and potted plants.

Justin Reis, NNC.
jreis@kbjr.com