McQuade Access to Open in July

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The public access at McQuade Road to Lake Superior is not open to the public yet because construction is not complete, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

A grand opening for the McQuade access is planned for Friday, July 18 from 2-4 p.m. The public is invited to join the festivities and celebrate the opening of the long awaited facility.

“The facility may look like it is ready to use, but it is still a work-in-progress,” said DNR Harbor Coordinator Larry Killien. “We are asking the public to please wait just a little longer until it is complete and open to the public”.

Use of the facility at this time may impede construction activities, create hazards for both the public and the workers on site, and it may cause further delays, Killien said.

The contractor controls access to this construction zone and requires hard hats and safety vests for those allowed on site.

The McQuade facility has been under construction for the past two years. Finishing work includes a pedestrian walk and tunnel under Highway 61 and along the harbor, completion of the restroom facilities, boat ramps and docks, parking lot, fishing pier and landscaping.

The McQuade access promises to be an attractive and well-used facility that will provide access to Lake Superior for boaters, area residents and visitors alike, Killien said.

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