Minnesota Department of Transportation

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March 24, 2020

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MnDOT to cut trees along Hwy 169 for upcoming road project

Duluth, Minn. – MnDOT is planning a road construction project along Highway 169 from Highway 53 to County Road 26 this summer. That project includes tree clearing along Highway 169. All trees being cleared are on state right of way.

Some trees along the highway have already been marked but most will not be cleared until fall/winter, 2020-21. A select few will be cleared this week for culvert and guardrail work that will take place this summer. Those adjacent property owners have been notified of the tree removal.

Clearing trees along the highway is for safety and maintenance purposes. For safety considerations, the clearing opens up the clear zone – distancing the travelling public from trees in terms of collision potential. For maintenance, the clearing addresses seasonal shading that hinders the thawing of the highway, keeping ice and snow present longer.

For your safety and ours, MnDOT is currently not hosting any public meetings. If you have questions or concerns about the tree clearing or the project, please contact Project Manager Josie Olson at josie.olson@state.mn.us or 218-725-2808.

You can also visit mndot.gov/d1/projects/hwy169resurfacing for more information on the project.

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