Minnesota Department of Transportation

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5th Avenue West Bridge study

St. Louis County

About this project

A rendering of the 5th Avenue West Bridge study area.

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Summary of work

The goal of this study is to jump start the MnDOT scoping process for a future bridge project on the 5th Avenue West Bridge over I-35. It will start the public engagement process by identifying users and stakeholders within the project area and gathering initial viewpoints on the functionality and shortcomings of the current structure. This study will then identify several possible alternatives based on stakeholder/public input and preliminary engineering and traffic modeling/analysis.

Public meeting

We are hosting a public meeting on Tuesday, May 24, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Duluth Public Library's Green Room. The closest entrance is from Michigan Street on the east side of the building. This meeting will be to discuss possible alternatives for the 5th Avenue West bridge in Duluth. The options being explored and presented come from a survey the public was asked to participate in earlier this year.

For those who cannot attend the in-person public meeting, materials will be posted to the project webpage after the meeting to be viewed when convenient.

Community survey

We want to thank those who participated in the first 5th Avenue Bridge planning study open house and survey Jan. 20-Feb. 23, 2022. During that time, participants were invited to a self-led online engagement site that included background on the project, anticipated timelines and a forum to provide comments. The purpose was to identify opportunities and concerns in the project area. Please take some time to review some of the highlighted results of the online survey.

Traffic impacts

Unknown at this time.