WLSSD Extends Superior Street Closure through Tuesday Morning, Additional Closures to Come

WLSSD Extends Superior Street Closure through Tuesday Morning, Additional Closures to Come


DULUTH, MN—Superior Street between 44th and 45th Avenues East will remain closed through early Tuesday, May 19, 2020 as Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) continues its Lakeside Interceptor rehabilitation project in the area.

“Trucking issues caused the delay of some critical equipment and we’ve had to extend the road closure as a result,” said WLSSD senior engineer, Dianne Mathews. “We don’t like to change plans like this. Sometimes we’re faced with situations where there is no choice.”  The road closure is necessary to prepare the area for a temporary pipeline that will provide uninterrupted sewer service during the six-week project.

“Next week, our contractors will also close 40th and 43rd Avenues East where they intersect the Lakewalk, continued Mathews. “These closures will not be at the same time, and signage will be in place for travelers in the area.”

Lakewalk traffic will be rerouted onto a protected lane on Superior Street until the project is completed.  Throughout the project, some parking restrictions and sidewalk closures will also occur. The project will also result in other short-term road closures adjacent to the project.

All travelers are advised to use caution, slow down and obey signage in the work area.

WLSSD’s Lakeside Interceptor pipeline was originally installed in 1967 and provides sewer services to Duluth’s eastern neighborhoods and as far north as Knife River along the north shore.  The pipeline carries sewage to WLSSD’s wastewater treatment plant in Duluth’s Lincoln Park. WLSSD routinely monitors the condition of pipelines to ensure reliable services. This project is a planned repair within WLSSD’s Interceptor Rehabilitation and Reliability program.

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District provides award-winning wastewater and solid waste services to residents, businesses and industries within its 530 square mile legislative boundaries in Southern St. Louis and northern Carlton counties, and is a nationally recognized leader in pollution prevention.