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Truck detours in place as Belknap project begins

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The two-year reconstruction of Belknap Street begins Monday.

As of that date, oversize overweight trucks that previously traveled through Superior on Belknap Street will need to use an alternate route. The detour will remain in effect through the 2017 construction season during phase one of the U.S. Highway 2/Belknap Street improvement project, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Trucks traveling eastbound will utilize a detour route along Garfield Street, Winter Street, Wisconsin Highway 35/Tower Avenue and U.S. Highway 53/East Second Street. Trucks traveling westbound will utilize a detour route along U.S. Highway 53/East Second Street, East First Street, Winter Street and Susquehanna Avenue.

Groundbreaking for the two-year project, which will include reconstruction of the roadway, a new storm sewer system and new sidewalks, takes place April 3 at the intersection of Hill Avenue and Belknap Street. The event is a way to bring positive energy to the project, said Diana Maas, WisDOT regional communications manager.

"We know it's going to be a long haul," Maas said. "We'll get through it together."

During construction, other vehicles can utilize the eastbound truck detour route to avoid Belknap.

Although one lane of traffic will remain open in both directions during the project, through traffic can expect to encounter single lane closures and signed alternate routes.

Visit projects.511wi.gov/belknap to view Belknap Street reconstruction project updates and detour maps. Information on the definition of oversize overweight trucks is also available on the site.

For more information regarding traffic impacts, transportation news and improvement project updates in Wisconsin's northwest region, follow @WisDOTnorthwest on Twitter or visit projects.511wi.gov/region/northwest.

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