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WLSSD sewer project to close a section of Mall Drive through August

WLSSD. Submitted

On Monday, May 24, the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District will begin a project to replace a section of its Hermantown Interceptor sewer in the vicinity of Mall Drive, Haines Road and Burning Tree Road.

Mall Drive between Haines and Burning Tree roads will be closed through August 2021 to facilitate the project. Additionally, the intersection of Burning Tree Road and Highway 53 South will be closed through August. There will be no sewer service interruptions during the project.

“We can typically avoid disrupting traffic with our pipeline projects,” said Dianne Mathews, WLSSD’s senior engineer on the project. “The closure of Mall Drive and some nearby intersections is necessary to ensure we complete the project as safely and quickly as possible.”

WLSSD’s Hermantown Interceptor pipeline was originally installed in 1964 and provides sewer services to homes and businesses in portions of Duluth, Hermantown, Rice Lake and the Pike Lake area.

The pipeline carries sewage to WLSSD’s wastewater treatment plant in Duluth’s Lincoln Park. WLSSD routinely monitors the condition of pipelines to ensure reliable services. This project is a planned replacement within WLSSD’s Interceptor Rehabilitation and Reliability program.

WLSSD is also working closely with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to ensure the project is conducted during a timeline and in a manner that will not disturb sensitive ecological areas.

Road closures will affect travel near the construction area. Construction will also affect adjacent roads at various times during the project.

“It’s likely that there will be short-term lane closures on Highway 53 South throughout the project,” said Mathews. “An intersection at Haines Road will also close in August for up to two weeks. WLSSD will provide information in advance of any long-term closures.”

WLSSD advises drivers to follow detour signage as they travel in the project area. Detours will primarily follow Maple Grove Road, and will be clearly posted. All travelers are advised to use caution, slow down and obey signage in the work area.

The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District provides award-winning wastewater and solid waste services to residents, businesses and industries within its 530 square mile legislative boundaries in Southern St. Louis and northern Carlton counties, and is a nationally recognized leader in pollution prevention.

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