Make Superior Street Safe and Accessible for Everyone

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During 2018–2020, Superior Street in downtown Duluth will be completely reconstructed. Unfortunately, the current plan has some major deficiencies that make it inaccessible and unsafe, especially for children, the elderly, users of wheelchairs and other assistive devices, persons with visual impairments, parents with strollers, and tourists with luggage — just to name a few.

A coalition of concerned citizens and businesses requests that the city slightly modify the current plan to include four features, which are based on standard current best practices:

1) Raised intersections to accommodate at-grade (flat) pedestrian crossings, which eliminates the need for special ramps and stepping up or down the curb while crossing the street.

2) Raised mid-block crossings to improve pedestrian safety and visibility, provide ramp access to sidewalks for wheeled devices, and reduce crossing distance to the other side of the street (important for citizens with mobility issues).

3) Angled curbs to accommodate wheeled devices (wheelchair, stroller, luggage) and prevent tripping hazards and other injuries.

4) Removal of unwarranted left turn lanes to make space for wider sidewalks. These lanes do not exist today and are not justified according to the city's own comprehensive traffic study which rate the intersections as having an excellent "A" Level of Service.

Complete details can be found at http://betterduluth.com/superiorplan.pdf

(a short document with illustrations - 3 MB)



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