Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 53 rehabilitation, streetscape project

In Koochiching County

Traffic impacts

A rendering of the Hwy 53 International Falls project.

Hwy 53 in International Falls is now open to traffic with no restrictions as work finishes for the 2020 construction season.

The signals at 17th Street will be in red flashing condition until Monday, October 26 when they will be put in full operation.

Project work will resume in May 2021.

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