Minnesota Department of Transportation

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April 15, 2020

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MnDOT District 1 construction season kicks off

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation District 1 is kicking off its 2020 construction program with 24 projects occurring across the northeastern part of the state. These projects, part of a statewide program of 188 construction projects, will maintain the state’s roads and bridges, improve safety and support construction jobs across the state.

In addition to 77 miles of pavement work in Northeast Minnesota, MnDOT will be reconstructing highways through several towns. These projects will result in new driving surfaces and include new water lines, storm and sanitary sewers, ADA-accessible sidewalks, signal and lighting systems, and other transportation-related improvements. MnDOT and contractors will work diligently to ensure access is maintained to local businesses and private property throughout the duration of the work.
Program highlights include:

  • 77 miles of pavement resurfacing and reconstruction
  • Urban reconstruction projects in Biwabik, Gilbert, Grand Marais and International Falls
  • Four bridge reconstruction and three bridge rehabilitation projects, including the Lake Avenue Bridge in Duluth
  • Twin Ports Interchange prep work

For a complete list of projects in northeast Minnesota and regular updates visit the MnDOT District 1 website. Information will be posted on MnDOT social media and available via email updates. Sign up for these updates at mndot.gov.

MnDOT road work has been identified as a critical service in Governor Walz’s Stay at Home executive order. MnDOT is working to be as flexible as possible with schedules during this period of lower traffic volumes to keep projects moving forward and minimize the impact to motorists. Following guidance from state and federal health officials, and to prevent further spread of COVID-19, crews will maintain physical distancing practices while working.

Motorists may encounter lane closures or lane shifts, uneven road surfaces, equipment and other unexpected obstacles when driving near or through work zones. MnDOT advises motorists to: 

  • Check 511mn.org for up-to-date information about traffic and road conditions 
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times
  • Minimize distractions (e.g., don’t use cell phones or eat or drink while driving)
  • Follow posted speed limits; fines are up to $300 in work zones
  • Avoid making lane changes within work zones

For more information on projects in northeast Minnesota, follow us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/groups/MnDOTnortheast and Twitter at @mndotnortheast. For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.