Duluth Roads in Ruin After Floods

Thanks to the downpours in Duluth, northern roads are in disarray—to say the least. Duluth Public Works Director Jim Benning told MPR that the storm damage will have a preliminary cost of $20 million, or the price of five years worth of average road construction, and that’s just a rough estimate. Some roads are beyond repair, with four bridges completely washed away and areas of the highway gone. Whether or not all these roads will see construction in the near future is still up for debate. With more than 40 roads closed in and around Duluth, it suddenly makes weekend highway construction and lane shrinkage in the Twin Cities seem far from inconvenient.