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Downtown Modal Connections Study

Final Plan Summary - for approval Jan 20 2009 (pdf version of a PowerPoint presentation)

Downtown Duluth Modal Connections Study (final) (January 20, 2009)

With the completion of the Duluth Comprehensive Plan (2006) and Duluth’s East Downtown, Hillside and Waterfront Charrette Report and Plan “Duluth Charrette” (2005), the City of Duluth has asked the MIC to conduct a technical modal needs analysis focused on Canal Park, the DECC/Bayfront Park, and Downtown Duluth (CBD).

Interstate 35 (I-35) creates a distinct barrier for tourists and downtown workers moving between these three districts. Currently, connections exist across Lake Avenue, the Northwest Passage Skywalk, 5th Avenue West, and the Minnesota Slip Bridge. The MIC is currently examining the adequateness of existing infrastructure for sufficiently encouraging the movement of pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transit services between the districts of Canal Park, the DECC/Bayfront Park, and Downtown Duluth. The goal of this technical analysis is to fully examine existing conditions to gain an understanding of what interactions exist and/or do not exist between these three districts that this study will focus on.

The technical analysis devised by MIC staff will be used to support a larger connectivity vision for all of Downtown Duluth (including the DECC/Bayfront Park and Canal Park) which will be developed by the Greater Downtown Council and City of Duluth.

Scope of Work

Resident and Tourist Survey by Zenith Research - The MIC partnered with the Greater Downtown Council (GDC) to hire Zenith Research to survey residents and tourists about transportation issues in Downtown Duluth.

For more information about this study, please contact MIC Director Ron Chicka by phone at (218) 529-7506 or by e-mail.