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Construction update: Week of Oct. 26

Picture of construction progress from the beginning of the week of October 26, 2020

Construction crews are:

  • Installing trusses across East First Street that will connect the clinic tower to the hospital tower.
  • Erecting structural steel between First and Second streets, where the hospital tower is being built.
  • Drilling and pouring caissons for the hospital tower along Second Street.
  • Erecting structural steel and floor decking between Superior Street and First Street. Also installing exterior framework to hold glass curtain walls.
  • Pouring concrete floors and stairs between Superior Street and First Street.
  • Installing plumbing as well as electrical and mechanical systems in lower floors between Superior Street and First Street. Also applying fireproofing on steel.
  • Wrapping the clinic tower with temporary coverings to maintain proper temperatures for concrete pours and other work.
  • Working in the lower level parking garage of the Duluth Clinic’s First Street Building to construct and install a new loading dock.
  • Building the second skip hoist, or temporary elevator, along Fourth Avenue East to move workers and materials to higher levels of the clinic tower.
  • Building the foundation for an electrical transformer yard at the corner of Fourth Avenue East and Second Street.
  • Working on utility lines along Second Street.

Street closures

  • One lane of East Second Street has been closed near the construction site, but the street remains open to traffic.
  • Fourth Avenue East is closed from Superior Street to East Second Street.
  • East First Street is closed from Fourth Avenue East to Seventh Avenue East, with limited access for service vehicles.

Parking ramp has been demolished

The Blue Parking Ramp at the corner of Fourth Avenue East and East Second Street has been demolished. Parking is available in the nearby Green Ramp in the 500 block of East Second Street. 

Access to Essentia Health-Duluth (Miller-Dwan) and the Duluth Clinic’s Second Street Building

All traffic enters the driveway at the stoplight at the intersection of East Second Street and Fifth Avenue East.

Access to Duluth Clinic’s First Street Building

Access to the Duluth Clinic’s First Street Building is restricted but the main entrance remains open. Patients should use the entrance to Essentia Health-Duluth at 502 E. Second St. and then walk across the skywalk to reach the First Street Building.

Another skywalk between the city’s parking ramp and the Duluth Clinic’s First Street Building has been demolished. A construction crosswalk allows pedestrians to cross Fourth Avenue East and walk along First Street to the clinic as well as to Essentia Health-Duluth and the Duluth Clinic’s Second Street Building.