The INTERNal Outsider: Collaboration Between (seemingly) Opposing Mindsets

Posted by Erica Hansen | Published on December 17th, 2015
The INTERNal Outsider: Collaboration Between (seemingly) Opposing Mindsets An Intern’s-Eye View of the MIC When you listen to the news long enough, you’ll find a recurring theme at the base of many major news stories: the environment versus the economy. You can find these opposing ideas in stories impacting regions as large as the nation, all the way down to our own city streets (google “TransCanada pipeline”, or “4th Street long-eared bats in Duluth”). The MIC, however, does put these two opposing views together in a room at least four times a year at the Harbor Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) meetings. As one of the MIC’s three advisory committees, the stakeholders of the harbor are [Read More]
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The INTERNal Outsider: Adventures in Excel

Posted by Erica Hansen | Published on October 12th, 2015
The INTERNal Outsider: Adventures in Excel An Intern’s-Eye View of the MIC   Bikes, peds… Did you realize that on just fourteen streets in Duluth and Superior during one 12-hour period in September, there are around 1,240 uses of infrastructure by bicyclists, and 5,896 uses of infrastructure by pedestrians? The entire town I live in (around 900 people) would have to walk back and forth more than six times to get that pedestrian count. I am going to guess that your answer is no, you had no idea the extent of the infrastructure used by alternative transportation in Duluth and Superior. I’m also guessing that most of you also don’t know the extent of the effort that goes into [Read More]
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The INTERNal Outsider

Posted by Erica Hansen | Published on September 23rd, 2015
The INTERNal Outsider An Intern’s-Eye View of the MIC   Meet Erica Hansen In my time as a student in the Transportation and Logistics Management program at UW-Superior, I have become increasingly enamored with the dynamics of transportation. You might even describe me as a freight transportation enthusiast (rubber tyre gantry cranes get me fired up, okay?). The more I learn about this behind-the-scenes industry, the more apparent its presence becomes. A few months ago when I began my journey to becoming a MIC intern, I found that there is even a behind-the-scenes transportation planning world to my behind-the-scenes freight transportation world. I have learned [Read More]
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Last Call for Comments on 2019 Transportation Projects

Posted by Rondi Watson | Published on July 7th, 2015
Last Call for Comments on 2019 Transportation Projects Almost $10 million of federal funding is being programmed for Duluth area transportation projects in 2019, and you have the opportunity to review and comment. The programmed projects include: Bridge preservation on the Blatnik bridge and the Mesaba Avenue bridge over Superior Street in downtown Duluth; Mill and overlay of Highway 39 in Gary/New Duluth; Resurfacing of Maple Grove Road (from Midway Road to Westberg Road) in Hermantown; Pavement reclamation and storm sewer repairs on E 8th St/E 9th St in Duluth’s East hillside; and Duluth Transit Authority operations (approx. $2 million in FTA funding programmed for continued public transit operations. Additional [Read More]
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How federal transportation dollars will be spent in Duluth…4 years from now

Posted by Robert Herling | Published on March 5th, 2015
How federal transportation dollars will be spent in Duluth…4 years from now Although it fluctuates from year to year, about $8 million – on average– of federal transportation assistance comes in to the Duluth area.  Of that amount, approximately $6 million is allocated for MnDOT projects, and $2 million goes to county and city projects. Each year several new transportation improvement projects are proposed by these jurisdictions, for four years in advance.  This allows the time needed to do the planning and engineering work before they can be implemented. This year, five projects are being proposed to utilize the $8 million in federal funding estimated to be available in year 2019.  These projects and their estimated [Read More]
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