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Iron Range Roundabout Stimulates Rumors

Change is hard. The roundabout at Highway 169 and Highway 37 in Hibbing - one of two new Iron Range roundabouts to open within the past month or so - has stimulated some of the same rumors that the intersection-method created here in the Twin Ports.

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Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth
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Highway 210’s Jay Cooke State Park Section To Re-Open Following 5-Year Closure

It's hard to believe that 2012 was already five years ago; time seems to fly by! However for drivers who used to use Highway 210 through Jay Cooke State Park - it's been a long five year period of a major road closure. The historic rains and floods of 2012 left the road compromised in 74 different areas, $21.3 million was spent repairing the damage, rebuilding major stretches of the road, adding sensors and monitors, and providing landscaping.

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Bong Bridge Maintenance Happens September 11-30

One of the two major bridges that allow Twin Ports drivers to cross the St. Louis River will see maintenance work the rest of the month - resulting in major alternating lane closures and width restrictions. Work crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation will be performing maintenance on Bong Bridge September 11-30 as part of their annual schedule.

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Shadow Chancellor Meets Steelworkers From The Recently Mothballed SSI Site
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MNDOT Looks To Improve Bus Access To Rural Areas

While public transportation might get a lot of press in the more-populated parts of the state, it's probably the smaller towns and rural communities that have the biggest need. A push by the Minnesota Department of Transportation aims to make access easier in some of those areas.

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Obama's New Budget Calls For Major Investments Into Public Works Projects
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I-35/Blatnik Bridge Work This Week

Work crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation will be performing a variety of repair projects this week along I-35 and the Blatnik Bridge. The work will primarily occur during the daytime hours of 9:00 AM and 2:30 PM.

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Obama's New Budget Calls For Major Investments Into Public Works Projects
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Central Entrance Lane Closures Happen Nightly, August 27-31

A significant road project will occur on Central Entrance during the overnights - August 27 through August 31. The scope of the project includes the area between Mall Drive and Mesaba Avenue.

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Large Tree Falls In Central Park, Injuring 4 People
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MNDOT To Perform Tree Removal Along Some Duluth Roads

Heads up!  Work crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation will be removing dead and dying trees along some roadways in Duluth starting Tuesday, August 22...

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Duluth’s “Can Of Worms” Intersection Continues Its Path Towards A Rebuild

Dallas has "The Zipper".  Boston has "The Big Dig".  Duluth has the "Can of Worms" intersection.  One of the iconic on/off-ramps in the Twin Ports continues its path towards a rebuild or replacement.

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Steve Tanko
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What Are The Top Five Suggested Names For The New Highway 53 Bridge?

Back in June we reported that Explore Minnesota was having a contest to solicit names for the soon-to-open bridge east of Virginia - part of the Highway 53 Relocation Project.  While the winner wasn't guaranteed that their submission would be the final name chosen by state authorities, they would win a gift card and their name would be forwarded to the state legislature for consideration.

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TSM - Nick Cooper
TSM - Nick Cooper
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I-35 Patching Project To Affect Drivers The Next Two Weeks

If you noticed some road work on I-35 this afternoon, it's part of a project that will occur the next few weeks.  Work crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation will progress on a large-scale asphalt patching project during the daytime hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.  The schedule was designed to have limited impact on drive-time hours.

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Speed Limit Increases On Four Northland Highways

The phrase "put the pedal to the metal" comes to mind - but perhaps that's not what officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation had in mind when increased the speed limit on four Northland highways.  Within the next two weeks, sections of some highways will see speed limit increases from 55 to 60 mph.  The move is the result of traffic and engineering studies - which took crash rates and physical attributes of each roadway into account.

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Steve Tanko
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MNDOT Warns About Toxic Ditch Vegetation

What's the old saying about knee-high corn by the 4th of July?  That same principle could be applied to roadside weeds and vegetation;  by this point of the summer season, a lot of ditches are filled with overgrowth.  What you may not know or be aware of is that some of these weeds have the potential to be toxic even through skin contact.

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