Event marks grand opening of the major downtown route
Release date: June 18, 2019
State and city officials joined Superior’s business community on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, for the official opening of US 2 (Belknap Street) following a two-year effort to reconstruct roadways and modernize utilities in the area.
“Success of the Belknap Street project was driven by teamwork and shared vision to maximize return on investment by enhancing safety, mobility and the public utilities beneath the roadway,” WisDOT Secretary-Designee Craig Thompson said. “The department is proud to work with the city of Superior as well as the business and freight communities on improvements that will make an impact for years to come.”
Belknap Street is both a principal arterial and an over-size/overweight truck route, and it connects the Wisconsin US 2 corridor with Minnesota. The $23 million reconstruction began in April 2017. The project was funded with a mix of federal, state, city and Superior Water, Light and Power dollars.
WisDOT coordinated with city and utility officials to modernize the water system as well as the sanitary and storm sewer lines during roadway construction. In addition to fresh roadway, the project included approximately 213,000 square feet of sidewalk as part of safety improvements. Belknap Street reopened to traffic last fall, but some of the landscaping and other finishing work carried into 2019.
During construction, Belknap Street remained open to traffic, with single-lane closures and detours for large trucks. Business access and pedestrian routes were maintained.
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