Backlash is strong, unrelenting on Hwy. 33 intersection plans


February 9, 2024

Brady Slater

Ben Anderson (in red cap), of Cloquet, reviews proposals from the Minnesota Department of Transportation during its public meeting on the intersections of Carlton and Cloquet avenues with Minnesota Highway 33. Anderson was one of more than 50 residents who attended the meeting last week at the Cloquet Public Library.

Cloquet residents converged at the public library Feb. 1 to address the future of what one resident called "the superhighway" through town. The resounding message: no more roundabouts on Minnesota Highway 33.

"A roundabout, in my opinion, on Cloquet Avenue would kill my business in Dunlap Island," said NorthEastern Saloon and Grill owner Bert Whittington, citing the parade of industrial truck traffic through the neighborhood on the way to USG, Upper Lakes Foods and Sappi paper mill.

"If you did a double roundabout you'd make it impossible for anyone to get to Dunlap Island," he said.


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