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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.


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We Need Your Input!
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The MIC has prepared a Draft Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Area for the next twenty five years.

You are invited to give input and learn about transportation trends, priorities and planned projects for Duluth, Superior, Hermantown, Proctor and area townships.

Public comments are being taken from September 1 through September 30, 2014 on the plan’s content and the proposed projects.

Three public meetings will be held, on:

Thursday, September 18th
, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Superior Public Library

Thursday, September 25th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at ARDC (Arrowhead Regional Development Commission) in Downtown Duluth.

Monday, September 29th,
from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Downtown Duluth Transit Center.

Questions and comments can also be directed to MIC Planner James Gittemeier by phone at (218) 529-7556 or by e-mail.


Current Planning Initiatives


4th Street Construction Project

Duluth-Superior Port Land Use Plan

Northwest Douglas County Freight Movement Study

Duluth 6th Avenue East Traffic Study

Bicycle Planning


Recent Plans and Studies
Grand Ave/State Hwy 23 Corridor Study

Superior South End Traffic Study

Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) Study for the Duluth Area

Duluth-Superior Cruise Ship Terminal Study

DLH Air Service/Air Cargo Leakage & Expansion Analysis

Duluth Sidewalk Study

Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Bike Map

Central Entrance Corridor Study

Lincoln Park Pedestrian Plan

Transportation Systems Management (TSM)

N Minnesota/NW Wisconsin Freight Plan

UMD-CSS Transportation Study

East 2nd Street Corridor Study (Superior)

DTA Route Analysis for the City of Superior

Downtown Modal Connections Study

Proctor Comprehensive Plan Update 2008

Endion Land Use and Transportation Study

Safe Routes To School Funding Applications

Northwest Superior Traffic Circulation Plan

Proctor Master Trail Plan

Munger Trail to Lakewalk Connector


Erie Pier Management Plan

Duluth Heights Traffic Circulation Plan

MnDOT Functional Classification Update

Public Involvement Plan

Rice Lake Road Corridor & Traffic Impact Study

Duluth and Superior Safe Routes to School Plans

Duluth Urban Area Growth Impact Study

Human Services Coordinated Transit Plan