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Hit the bricks: Duluth's Superior St. bricks up for grabs

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The city of Duluth is selling the bricks that once gave Superior Street a unique feel--and ride.

The Duluth News Tribune reports residents are paying 30 cents each and hauling away the bricks in trucks, pickups and trailers for their own projects.

City workers removed bricks in Superior Street in early June, replacing them with an asphalt surface in time for Grandma’s Marathon. The temporary fix was done on the crumbling street because the city plans to rebuild Superior Street in a few years, and replacing the bricks only to tear them out again wasn’t financially viable. While the city has decided not to put the old bricks back, it has not determined what the permanent surface for Superior Street will be.

The original street bricking project that began in 1984 and lasted into 1987 included 36 blocks downtown and used 3.5 million bricks.

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