Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

July 9, 2020

Hwy 53 work in International Falls starts July 13

DULUTH, Minn. –  MnDOT will begin construction in International Falls on Hwy 53 on Monday, July 13. This is the beginning of a two year major pavement rehabilitation and streetscape enhancement project.

The Stage 1A traffic pattern with a local detour will begin on Monday. The detour runs from 17th Street to 6th Avenue West to Industrial Avenue.  Access to businesses will be maintained during the project.  A truck detour will run from County Road 332 to County Road 156 to Hwy 11. For detour maps, please visit the project website at mndot.gov/d1/projects/hwy-53-international-falls.

MnDOT will hold bi-weekly virtual public meetings on Thursdays at 10:30am via WebEx starting on July 9, regularly update the project website, and send weekly email updates. The meetings will be recorded and available to watch at a later time. To learn more about the project, connect to the public meeting, see maps, and sign up for the email updates visit mndot.gov/d1/projects/hwy-53-international-falls.

Important reminders for motorists regarding work zone safety:

  • Slow down when approaching every work zone, then navigate through with care and caution.
  • Stay alert; work zones constantly change.
  • Watch for workers and slow moving equipment.
  • Obey posted speed limits. Fine for a violation in a work zone is $300.
  • Minimize distractions behind the wheel.
  • Be patient; expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

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

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