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Hwy 53 rehabilitation, streetscape project

In Koochiching County

Traffic impacts

A rendering of the Hwy 53 International Falls project.

Project work begins Monday, July 13. Truck detour and local access for Stage 1A will start. On Monday, August 10, the detour will change to Stage 1B.

Truck detour map (pdf)
Local access map Stage 1A (pdf)
Local access map Stage 1B (pdf)
Stage 1A Alternate Pedestrian Routes (pdf)

Upcoming Work

August 3 - August 8

15th Street to 16th Street full width construction

  • Grading
  • Lighting work
  • New curb and gutter
  • Bituminous surfacing at 15th Street

16th Street to 17th Street full width construction

  • Continue with water services connection work and new storm sewer
  • Temporary gravel surfacing

August 10 - August 15

Stage 1B Local Detour begins at 2nd Avenue East replacing Stage 1A Local Detour on Industrial Drive West

16th Street to 17th Street full width construction

  • Continued water services connection work and new storm sewer
  • New curb and gutter
  • Temporary gravel surfacing

17th Street to 20th Street full width construction

  • Concrete and bituminous removals


The Meetings tab features information about future and past public meetings.

About this project

A rendering of the Hwy 53 International Falls project staging.

A major pavement rehabilitation and streetscape enhancement project is expected to begin summer 2020 in International Falls. The purpose of the project is to address the aging Hwy 53 infrastructure in International Falls. When completed, the project will result in a smoother pavement surface, an improved drainage/storm sewer system, improved ADA compliant pedestrian accessibility, a multi-use trail, new state-of-the-art signal systems, an LED lighting system and other streetscape features.

Summary of work

  • Reconstruct and rehabilitate Hwy 53 in International Falls
  • Accessibility, drainage, safety and visual quality improvements