St. Louis County Celebrates The Completion Of Three Road Projects With A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
There's reason to celebrate: Three different road projects have finished and officials with St. Louis County are recognizing the completion with a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 26 at 10:30 A.M - on the new "Super Sidewalk" on Rice Lake Road.
All three of the projects occurred on different stretches of the same roadway: County State Aid Highway 4 - running from Duluth to Biwabik.
Here's a run-down of what kept the county busy this past summer:
- The Super Sidewalk - along the west side of Rice Lake Road was completed. Stretching 1.7 miles, this walkway connects Marshall School to Arrowhead Road with an 8-foot wide path of asphalt. Long-term, the Super Sidewalk is part of a master plan to link area trails from the college campuses to the Lakewalk. Cost for this stretch: $1.1 million.
- The T-shaped intersection at Rice Lake Road and Airport Road. A $790,000 project reconfigured the intersection, easing traffic congestion and improving safety. It also marks the first occurrence of a "continuous green T-signal" in the state of Minnesota.
- Re-pavement of a 12-mile stretch between Island Lake and the Whiteface Reservoir - specifically from Thompson Lake Road to just south of Marshall Truck Trail. Cost for the project was $3.3 million.
These three projects joined more than 170 projects throughout the county this past year, totaling $83 million. All told crews performed 107 miles of pavement preservation, 24 bridge replacements, 280 miles of preventative maintenance, 5 miles of complete reconstruction, 15 miles of gravel road improvements, and more than 12 miles of culvert replacements.