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DTA providing FREE round-trip express service for commuters from Grand Avenue Park and Rides and mainline bus stops west of 46th A.W. during I-35 Mega Project

Published: Expires: 10/31/2010

Mn/DOT and the DTA have teamed-up to ease expected rush-hour traffic congestion on I-35 and Grand Avenue during the construction season by providing FREE round-trip express service for morning commuters boarding buses at temporary Grand Avenue Park & Ride lots and mainline bus stops along Grand Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue west of 46th A.W.

The DTA has established four temporary Park & Rides on Grand Avenue (listed below) and will provide free round-trip express service between these Park & Rides and downtown Duluth during weekday peak hours. “Buses only” express lanes have been established on Grand Avenue between Central Avenue and Carlton Street which will be utilized by all DTA express and mainline buses during morning and afternoon peak hours. Express buses will operate in “non-stop” express mode between 46th A.W. and downtown Duluth, SMDC and St. Luke’s Hospital. This service will continue throughout the 6-month construction season. Schedules are available at the downtown Transit Center or online at www.duluthtransit.com.

Grand Avenue Park & Ride lots in West Duluth:

  • Spirit Mountain lower parking lot at 8600 Grand Avenue – Express buses board inside parking lot
  • Asbury Methodist Church parking lot at 6822 Grand Avenue – Buses board on Grand Avenue
  • Bethany Baptist Church parking lot at 6700 Grand Avenue – Buses board on Grand Avenue
  • Our Savior’s Lutheran Church parking lot at 4831 Grand Avenue – Buses board on Grand Avenue

Northbound I-35 commuters are advised to exit at Midway Road and drive south to Becks Road and Grand Avenue to Park & Ride lots

Mn/DOT’s 2-year Mega Construction Project will have a significant impact on commuters traveling into Duluth on I-35 from the south, as well as residents of the western part of the city, as much of the traffic is expected to be diverted onto Grand Avenue. Traffic will be restricted to one lane only on I-35 between Proctor and Duluth. In addition, many on and off ramps will be closed while under construction.

In an effort to minimize traffic congestion, Mn/DOT and the DTA are encouraging commuters traveling into Duluth from the south on I-35, as well as local residents in the western part of the city, to take advantage of the FREE commuter express service during the construction season.

Mn/DOT is scheduled to embark on a major 2-year construction project on I-35 on or about May 3rd that will continue through the 2011 construction season. The I-35 Mega Project will have a significant impact on commuters traveling into Duluth from the south, as well as residents of the western part of the city, as much of the traffic is expected to be diverted onto Grand Avenue. I-35 traffic will be restricted to one lane only between Proctor and Duluth once contractors get set-up and equipment staged. In addition, many on and off ramps will be closed while under construction. For I-35 construction updates, see Mn/DOT’s website at www.dot.state.mn.us/duluthmegaproject/.

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