Tower closure expected MondayTower Avenue between Belknap and North Third streets could be closed as early as Monday as construction begins on a long-plan reconstruction project.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
Tower Avenue between Belknap and North Third streets could be closed as early as Monday as construction begins on a long-plan reconstruction project.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is in the process late this week of dotting the final “I” and crossing the last “T” to get the $14 million project underway.
WisDOT is planning to reconstruct a mile stretch of the State Highway 35 — Tower Avenue — that runs through downtown Superior.
Plans include replacing combined sewers constructed in the 1880s 15 feet below the road’s surface with storm and sanitary lines, installing new water lines, and replacing sidewalks, parking and street lighting in addition to some side street work.
The goal is to complete the project this year to reopen to traffic. Final touches could be added next spring.
When the construction season ends, downtown Superior will have a new look and provide pedestrians added safety.
“We are anticipating a Monday start,” said WisDOT spokeswoman Chris Ouellette. However, the contract has not been executed yet, she said.
Still, in anticipated of the planned start date and closure, the Duluth Transit Authority is beginning to reroute its buses out of the construction zone Monday.
The DTA will detour its Route No. 16 and Route No. 17 buses until the project is complete in the fall.
Temporary bus stop signs will be placed along Ogden Avenue, where buses will be redirected north of Belknap Street to get around the construction zone. Routine downtown transfers between routes take place at Ogden Avenue and North 14th Street, a block east of their usual location.
The DTA does not anticipate any major delays in service during this detour.
For route and schedule information, call 218-722-SAVE or visit www.duluthtransit.com. For “real-time” schedule information during this detour, check out the online WebWatch feature.
For information about the Tower Avenue construction project, visit http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/projects/wis35towerave or sign up for email updates about the project’s progress at the website.