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DULUTH, MN -- Starting Monday Superior Street in downtown Duluth will undergo the fourth and final phase of construction.

City leaders said the project, once billed to take three summers, needs some fine-tuning.

The last round of work will be done in two phases.

Phase 1 begins Monday when workers will add concrete paving to the intersections between 1st and 3rd Ave. West.

That stretch will be closed to vehicles.

Phase 2 will start after Grandma's Marathon in June, which includes working on 3rd and 4th Ave. East.

City of Duluth Senior Engineer Duncan Schwensohn said drivers can expect some detours as the years of construction finally nears the end.

"It feels good. It's been a slog and there's been a lot of hard work put in on this, but in the end, I'm really happy with the way it turned out, and I think downtown Duluth is kind of going to be a jewel of the city for a good long while after we're done," Schwensohn said.

The city expects construction to be wrapped up by August.

Road construction is necessary, but it can be a hassle for drivers and business owners alike.

"We are going to be maintaining access to all businesses down here during construction, so feel free to come on down and shop, and we'll make sure you get where you need to go," Schwensohn said.

Construction makes going downtown more difficult, but the city launched a new website Friday to help people dodge road work.

Construct Duluth shows every road work project in the city along with detour information and open parking spots.

City of Duluth Public Information Officer Kate Van Daele said the city built the website with residents, visitors, and business owners in mind.

"This is really supposed to be interactive and the purpose of it is to keep people updated for when projects are starting, when they're ending, and giving people the opportunity to, again, go to their favorite places or find new ones," Van Daele said.

It is a resource for people to continue supporting Duluth businesses while crews improve traffic and pedestrian safety in the city.

Click here to view the Construct Duluth website.

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