With the abundance of projects in our area, this is the time of year many look forward to:  the removal of the orange cones that signals the end of the road construction season!  Another one of the more-lengthy projects wraps up on Friday as 4th Street reopens just in time for the winter driving season.

St. Louis County crews had a busy summer replacing a 24-inch water main and 12-inch gas main under the street.  They also reconstructed parts of the roadway - with total replacement of many of the underground utilities.

To prepare for winter, crews have installed temporary lights at some of the intersections.

The remainder of the 4th Street project is expected to resume this upcoming spring.  On tap for next year is reconstruction of the remainder of the street east towards Wallace Avenue, resurfacing Wallace Avenue, adding bike lanes and planting trees.

The work - being done in conjunction with the City of Duluth - totals $13.8 million.  Some of the existing roadway as 30 years old and some of the old utilities dated back almost a century.