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City leaders lead walking tour to showcase Lakewalk repairs

As warmer weather moves into the Northland, more people will head to the Lakewalk in Canal Park.
As warmer weather moves into the Northland, more people will head to the Lakewalk in Canal Park.(KBJR)
Published: May. 22, 2022 at 11:41 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (CBS 3) - As warmer weather moves into the Northland, more people will head to the Lakewalk in Canal Park.

Keeping that shoreline intact for future generations is a priority for city leaders.

This weekend, Mike Lebeau, Construction Project Supervisor for the city of Duluth met with members of the Northstar Chapter of the Sierra Club on the Lakewalk.

He led a guided tour explaining the repairs the city has completed over the last few years fixing storm damage.

According to Lebeau, storms during 2017 and 2018 damaged the Lakewalk severely.

The city received both state and federal disaster money to help repair the shoreline.

He said protecting the Boardwalk in Canal Park requires a two-part effort.

“We rebuilt the shoreline with larger stone protection, bigger stones more of them. In addition to that, we added a reinforced concrete wall 18 inches thick that goes down 10 feet to stop any remaining wave energy,” said Lebeau.

According to Lebeau, the city has spent about $30 million on repairs.

He said there are ongoing plans to make many portions of the shoreline more resilient to storm damage in the future.

There’s a long-term study in place to help determine which sections of Lakefront need the most attention.

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