Published on July 19, 2021

Phase 2 of Second Street closures to begin July 21

Essentia Health launching courtesy shuttle to help patients navigate construction

As work continues on Essentia Health’s Vision Northland project, crews are moving into Phase 2 of Second Street closures. The three-phase project began on April 28 and is expected to last six months.

During Phase 2, which begins Wednesday, July 21, Second Street will reopen from Fourth Avenue East to the intersection with Fifth Avenue East, which will be closed.

Traffic will be two-way within this block to accommodate patient drop-off and pick-up via a temporary driveway to Essentia Health-Duluth and our Duluth Clinic Second Street Building. The driveway between Fourth and Fifth Avenues East will lead to a new circle drive. This block of two-way traffic will be only for patient and staff drop-off and pick-up.

Second Street will be closed from Fifth Avenue East to Sixth Avenue East, including the intersection at Fifth Avenue.

Entry to and exit from Essentia Health’s Green Ramp via Second Street will reopen.

Fifth Avenue East will be closed just past the parking area/Green Ramp exit area.

More information to monitor current routes, parking and patient drop-off sites can be found by going to the parking section of our website.

Beginning July 21, we will have two shuttles available to bring patients and visitors to and from locations around our campus that are impacted by construction.

The free shuttle, which will be on a fixed route, will make three stops. Patients can load or unload at any of the three locations. The shuttle will pick up and drop off patients at the Essentia Health-Miller Dwan Building, at our Third Street Clinic located at 400 E. Third St and near the Red Ramp at Fourth Street and Fourth Avenue East.

Operating hours for the shuttle will be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, eventually expanding to 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

To board the shuttle, patients should park in the Red Ramp, the Green Ramp or utilize city parking areas and then make their way to a pick-up location. Please note that the shuttles will operate in a continuous loop, stopping at each of the aforementioned locations during each rotation. The time between each drop-off and pick-up location is estimated at 10 minutes or less.

This free service is only available to patients and visitors. This provides us the ability to streamline the transportation process and ensure our patients can make it to their appointments in a timely manner to receive the high-quality care they have come to expect from Essentia Health.

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