Published on January 26, 2021

Skywalk link to Essentia Health’s Duluth Clinic will open Feb. 1

Outdoor image of a temporary skywalk linking the city’s parking ramp and the Duluth Clinic’s First Street Building.

A new skywalk linking a city parking ramp to the Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic will open Monday, Feb. 1.

The temporary skywalk will make it easy for patients and Essentia Health staff to access the Duluth Clinic’s First Street Building from the city’s Medical District ramp. An earlier skywalk link was demolished in 2019 to accommodate construction of a new St. Mary’s Medical Center and clinic space.

The temporary skywalk will offer safe passage through the Vision Northland construction site. The temporary covered crosswalk that ran along First Street and the sidewalk will be closed to accommodate construction.

“Essentia Health thanks our general contractor, McGough Construction, and the City of Duluth for helping make it easier for our patients and staff to navigate our downtown medical campus during construction,” says Dr. Robert Erickson, physician leader for Vision Northland. “We especially appreciate returning easy skywalk access to some of our most vulnerable patients who rely on us for care and treatments in our First Street clinic.”

The new skywalk will be open only to staff and patients with appointments who will go through a COVID-19 screening station in the main lobby of the clinic. This station also will screen staff and patients who enter through the clinic’s main entrance on First Street. The screening station will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“Only staff and people who have appointments will be allowed to enter the clinic through the screening station as we continue our COVID-19 guidelines,” Dr. Erickson explains.

Patients with appointments in the First Street clinic are encouraged to park in the city’s Medical District ramp. Patients also can park in Essentia Health’s Green Ramp, adjacent to the Duluth Clinic’s Third Street Building, or our Red Ramp, adjacent to St. Mary’s Medical Center.

See the most up-to-date information on parking and street closures on Essentia's Downtown Duluth Parking page.

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