Published on April 26, 2021

Expect construction-related delays on Essentia Health’s downtown Duluth campus

The City of Duluth’s upcoming utility and street-improvement project will significantly impact patients and visitors on Essentia Health’s downtown medical campus.

There are three phases to the six-month project. Phase 1 begins April 28.

At that time, Second Street will be closed between Fourth and Fifth Avenues East; additionally, it will close between Sixth and Ninth Avenues East on May 3. Meanwhile, Fifth and Sixth Avenues East will become one-ways between Second and Third Streets. Traffic on Fifth Avenue East will travel down the hill, toward Second Street; on Sixth Avenue East, it will travel up the hill, toward Third Street.
Please reference the attached map for further details.

The patient drop-off for Essentia Health-Duluth and our Duluth Clinic Second Street Building will temporarily move to the same-day surgery parking lot behind Essentia Health-Duluth, off Sixth Avenue East, between April 28 and May 21.

For parking, patients and visitors to the Duluth Clinic First Street Building are encouraged to use the City Ramp located on First Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues East. Patients and visitors to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center should park in the Red Ramp, located off Fourth Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues East. All other patients and visitors are asked to park in Essentia’s Green Ramp, which has been outfitted with additional entry/exit points on Third Street.

Please note that the Green Ramp no longer is accessible via Second Street. Access it instead from Third Street, between Fourth and Fifth Avenues East.

During this infrastructure-improvement project, which runs through October, patient drop-off and pick-up will require extra time. Visit our Downtown Parking page to monitor current routes, parking and patient drop-off sites.

Patients and visitors are urged to arrive early for all appointments on our downtown campus. We thank you in advance for your patience.

This project is financed by a $97.7 million appropriation in the Medical District bill approved by the Minnesota Legislature in 2019.
Phase 2 is expected to start in mid-July.

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