Streets, the Community's Priority
You spoke, we listened. In the 2015 National Citizens Survey, 91% of the Duluth residents surveyed lacked confidence in our streets; 71% felt the same about sidewalks. Time and again, residents have told us that streets and potholes are a priority. We agree. We can, and must, do better.
Duluth streets and sidewalks serve millions of people per year.
Duluth is home to 86,293 residents, but we're also an important regional economic center. More than 35,000 people commute daily into Duluth for work, education or medical services, and we welcome 6.7 million annual visitors to Duluth for events, conventions and vacations. Currently, our streets funding is paid for entirely by residents through property tax levies. This model is not sustainable, does not generate enough revenue, and isn't meeting the community's needs. Residents, guests, and commuters: we all share a commitment to a strong Duluth. We can all be a part of a streets solution.
"...91% of the Duluth residents surveyed lacked confidence in our streets..."
Safe, reliable streets and sidewalks, it’s what the community expects and values. The basic pavement maintenance Duluth has been undertaking only provides temporary fixes.
We practice effective preservation strategies to prolong street conditions using crack sealing, seal coats, and overlays.
However, we know that over 55% of our streets are listed in critical condition. We need to look at a long term reliable street program.
Street Preservation, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction
Road conditions change over time with use, due to varying weather conditions, geological layers, and time. Duluth has many challenges given our hilly and rock-laden topography coupled with winter conditions can hasten the age of our streets.