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Duluth, MN 55802 
Central Entrance Corridor Study

The MIC's Central Entrance planning effort examines the multimodal transportation network along this corridor, from Trinity Road on the west to Mesaba Avenue on the east, to identify changes that will be compatible with future land uses while improving its mobility, safety and livability.

View the final Central Entrance Corridor Study (October 2012).

View the presentation about the Study given at the public meeting on June 19, 2012.

About the Study
The City of Duluth requested assistance from the MIC to examine transportation issues in the Central Entrance Corridor, building from its 2009 Central Entrance – Miller Hill Small Area Plan. This plan was conducted to provide directtion for future land uses in the Central Entrance/Miller Hill Mall area. The result is a new vision for the Central Entrance corridor to function as the “main street” of the Duluth Heights neighborhood and become more walkable with better access to area businesses.

Other background information considered for this study included the Miller Trunk Highway Implementation Plan from 2003. This plan was the basis for the large highway construction project in the Miller Hill Mall area in 2008-09. This plan brought together many transportation strategies from a number of Miller Hill plans that were done in the 1990s. The study area for this plan included Central Entrance from Mesaba Avenue to Trinity Road, Miller Trunk Highway from Trinity Road to Midway Road and Trinity Road from Piedmont Avenue to Central Entrance. A prioritized list of projects was developed as well as an access management plan, which included access spacing guidelines. Since completion of the plan many projects were implemented and some were determined to be too costly or too disruptive to the adjacent neighborhoods.

Some of the planning activities scheduled for this project include collecting information about the roadway such as location of sidewalks, bike routes, transit routes and stops, driveway access points, traffic counts, traffic control locations and types, and crash information. We will also conduct small area transportation modeling for the corridor.

Study Area
From Trinity Road on the west to Mesaba Avenue on the East along Central Entrance.

Data Collection
A large amount of information is available for roadway corridors that can help describe the current conditions. While information relating to traffic, pedestrians, bikes, transit and properties is available, compiling and managing the information can be a challenge. Geographic Information Systems or GIS is an important tool to help us collect, manage and analyze large amounts of geographic information or more simply information about specific places and locations.

View the presentation to the MIC and TAC about the GIS and data collection components of this study.

Central Entrance Traveler Survey
The purpose of this surveywais to determine the public’s attitudes toward traveling in the Central Entrance corridor. Postcards were mailed to 3000 residents living at either end and along the study area corridor. The postcards directed recipients to go the MIC website and click on a link to an online survey. Over100 people responded and took the survey. The results of the survey are here.

Draft Recommendations
The following recommendations are categorized by Roadway, Bike and Pedestrian, and Median. Click on a category to see the recommendation maps.

Central Entrance Traffic Modeling
Click here to view the presentation that URS Corporation, our modeling consultant, made to the TAC on February 14, 2012.

For More Information
Andy McDonald
Principal Planner
Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council
221 W 1st St
Duluth, MN 55802