Tower Avenue nears completionBicyclists and pedestrians are already traveling on the newly reconstructed Tower Avenue.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
Bicyclists and pedestrians are already traveling on the newly reconstructed Tower Avenue.
A scooter cruised along the street Wednesday afternoon, testing out the new surface.
Soon, cars and trucks will be back too.
Tower Avenue will re-open once the traffic signals at Winter Street are functional, according to Chris Ouellette, communications manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Northwest Region.
Work to install the traffic signals is underway and should be complete around Oct. 18.
That’s when the Duluth Transit Authority plans to resume regular Superior bus routes, according to its website. According to Rod Fournier, DTA director of operations, bus pullouts were constructed in the new street design.
When drivers return to Tower, they will find the traffic signal that was located at Broadway Street has moved to Winter Street. The change gives drivers more opportunity to clear the railroad crossing as trains approach, and provides safer crossing for the motoring public, said Jeff Goetzman, Superior Public Works director. He said motorists will find more pronounced turn lanes separated by raised medians and safety improvements for pedestrian and bicycle traffic on the renovated avenue.
Another notable change is the inability to cross at North 11th Street. The section of North 11th Street on the east side of Tower avenue is vacated, Goetzman said. Since there are empty lots to the north and south of the street, the site will provide a wider potential building lot for future development, he said.
In anticipation of future development, the city has also stubbed water and sanitary sewer lines to most of the lots along Tower Avenue.