Construction Updates

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Week of January 27

Construction crews are:

  • Erecting the first tower construction crane near Superior Street. Two other tower cranes will follow.
  • Pouring concrete foundations for the new building near Fourth Avenue East.
  • Excavating old foundations near the Duluth Clinic’s First and Second Street Buildings, which will cause noise and vibrations.
  • Blasting rock for excavation near East First Street. Blasts are scheduled at noon and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Air horn warnings begin five minutes before each blast.
  • Continuing demolition on the parking ramp adjacent to the Duluth Clinic’s Second Street Building and hauling away debris.
  • Installing earth-retention systems on the hillside.
  • Working inside the mechanical room and other areas of the Duluth Clinic’s First Street Building.

Street closures

  • Superior Street has reopened until next summer with temporary paving.
  • 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 closed for demolition

The Blue Parking Ramp at the corner of Fourth Avenue East and East Second Street is closed for demolition. Parking is available in the nearby Green Ramp in the 500 block of East Second Street. Another option is free valet parking. The valet drop-off is nearby at 502 E. Second St. The entrance for the Duluth Clinic’s Second Street Building and Essentia Health-Duluth (Miller-Dwan) is the stoplight at East Second Street and Fifth Avenue East.

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

The west entry from East Second Street into Essentia Health-Duluth (Miller-Dwan) and the Duluth Clinic’s Second Street Building is closed. All traffic now 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 the Duluth Clinic’s Second Street Building 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.

Free valet parking

Free valet parking is available at the entrance to Essentia Health-Duluth and the Second Street clinic at 502 E. Second St. All patients with appointments on our downtown campus can simply drop off their vehicles and pick them up later. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Guest Services staff are on hand to help patients get to appointments.