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Duluth Street Improvement Program Public Meeting
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson is holding public meetings for citizens to weigh in and ask questions about her “Paving the Way for Better Streets” initiative. This is the second of the three meetings.
The mayor’s proposal would add a 0.5 percent transportation sales tax for up to 25 years to fund street repairs in Duluth. It will be listed as a referendum on the Nov. 7 General Election ballot and would then need legislative approval prior to implementation.
The proposal could generate about $7 million in sales tax annually, tripling the current level of dedicated funding to a total of $10 million for street and sidewalk improvements. Duluth has 450 miles of roads and 400+ miles of sidewalks and with current funding, the city can only recondition fewer than 2 miles of road per year. An industry standard pavement rating system places the majority of Duluth streets at a 36 rating, on a scale of 1 being the worst and 100 being the best. The preferred rating for a healthy street system is 70.
A web page has been created at duluthmn.gov/better-streets with frequently asked questions, current program information, and a comment form.
The final meeting in the series will be held Oct. 26, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Duluth Heights Community Center, 33 W. Mulberry St.