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The Vision

Lets Rethink Downtown Duluth's I-35 Corridor

Our Ask

As Interstate 35 runs from Mesaba to Lake Avenue, it travels through a neighborhood in which 32% of residents don’t own a vehicle. It takes up 20% of the land within our downtown while handling less than 50% of the traffic it was built for. This freeway is overbuilt for our city and we should invest in taking a new look at how the corridor can better serve the needs of our community.

There are a few different groups who could mobilize a greater effort to explore these ideas, including the City of Duluth, the Metropolitan Interstate Council, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. We have provided contacts for all three below, please consider reaching out and voicing your support for rethinking Duluth's I-35 corridor.

Add Your Name

While petitions don't always receive a response, it is our goal to demonstrate that rethinking downtown Duluth's stretch of I-35 is an idea that has support beyond our organization. Please consider adding your name to our petition below:

Sign The Petition

Share Our Website

One of the easiest things you can do to help us is share our concept. The more eyes that can see this, the more support we can gain, the more likely we will be to achieve our goals. Please consider sharing the link www.highway61duluth.com with your friends.

Write To Key Contacts

City of Duluth

General Contact: info@duluthmn.gov

City Council: council@duluthmn.gov

Mayor's Office: ELarson@duluthmn.gov 

Metropolitan Interstate Council

General Contact: https://dsmic.org/contact/


• 7/2/21 - Action Alert:


Include an Evaluation of the Highway 61 Revisited Concept in the 2022-2025 Transportation Improvement Program

A draft of the Duluth-Superior Transportation Improvement Program has been released. The document determines how transportation dollars will be spent over 2022-2025, and it includes nothing about rethinking I-35. It does however call for spending $14 million on improvements that will extend the life of the corridor, pushing the date for possible conversion further down the road.


We've included the Metropolitan Interstate Council's goals for the Transportation Improvement Program below. How does spending millions on maintaining the status quo accomplish these goals? Could putting some of that money towards evaluating what we've proposed get us closer?

We think the answer is yes.


If you agree, please send an email voicing your support for including an evaluation of the Highway 61 Revisited project to the project contact at jgittemeier@ardc.org


"Transportation Improvement Program Goals:

1. Support economic vitality of the metropolitan area, especially by enabling global competitiveness, productivity and efficiency.


2. Increase safety of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users.


3. Increase security of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users.


4. Increase accessibility and mobility of people and freight.


5. Protect and enhance the environment, promote energy conservation, improve the quality of life, and promote consistency between transportation improvements and state and local planned growth and economic development patterns.


6. Enhance integration and connectivity of the transportation system, across and between modes, people and freight.


7. Promote efficient system management and operation.


8. Emphasize preservation of the existing transportation system.


9. Improve the resiliency and reliability of the transportation system and reduce or mitigate storm water impacts of surface transportation.


10. Enhance travel and tourism."