"It'll be nice when it's all done" - right?  As work continues on the multi-year Twin Ports Interchange (Can of Worms) project, drivers have gotten used to lane closures, detours, and traffic changes.  Add one (or two as it is) more to the list.

Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation are alerting drivers about a dual-intersection closure along 22nd Avenue West that starts on Monday, August 16.  The intersections of West Michigan Street and West Superior Street at 22nd Avenue West will both be closed to traffic for a staggered timeline. Traffic will be detoured to West First Street and west 3rd Street for the duration of the closures and impacts.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the intersection of West Superior Street and 22nd Avenue West will re-open sometime in mid-September.  The closure will allow the currently-halted work on the new Coffee Creek culvert to restart.  That project was put on hold for approximately two weeks to allow utility work at the Michigan Street intersection to progress and minimize the duration of these new intersection closures.  With these new dual closures, work can resume according to schedule.

Road Closed sign in Downtown Duluth, MN
Nick Cooper - TSM Duluth

The intersection of West Superior Street and 22nd Avenue West will reopen to drivers at some point in mid-September.  Meanwhile, Michigan Street between 21st Avenue West and 23rd Avenue West will open the afternoon of Friday, August 20.  During the weeklong concurrent closures, work crews will finish the needed utility work to Michigan Street as part of the relocation of Coffee Creek.  Once open, Michigan Street will be open from 21st Avenue West to 27th Avenue West.


Due to the changing nature of the Twin Ports Interchange (Can of Worms) project, drivers are urged to check the resources that MNDOT has available on their website; that's where you'll find real-time data and updated details about closures, timelines, and more.

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