If you've ever driven between West Duluth and Gary-New Duluth, you know that Grand Avenue/Highway 23 is in rough shape.  The Minnesota Department of Transportation has entered a two-year project to fix the road and the first phase is about to begin.

On Monday, June 1 - motorists will start to encounter single lane restrictions as the work commences.  According to MNDOT:

Traffic will be placed in single, 11-foot-wide lanes on the south end of the project near the Duluth Zoo. The length of the single lane section will be expanded as work progresses. By mid-June traffic will be in a single lane from I-35 to 85th Avenue West. Traffic delays can be expected and will be longer during morning and afternoon peak travel times.

The single lane traffic configuration will be in place for most of the summer. There will also be occasional, temporary lane closures controlled by flaggers.

Work is expected to wrap up sometime in late October 2015.  Work will then resume in the spring of 2016 for the remainder of the project, which is expected to be totally done in late fall 2016.