Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 61 reconstruction project

In Cook County

Traffic impacts

  • Starting Monday, August 3, a full Hwy 61 detour on County Road 7 will be in place. This is the current truck detour. Local traffic will be able to access businesses and homes. The detour will be in place for 24 calendar days while crews replace the Fall River box culvert located southwest of Grand Marais.
  • Besides the Fall River box culvert, other work on the project includes a partial reconstruction in town between Broadway Avenue and the box culvert near My Sister’s Place near 3rd Avenue East, continued work on that box culvert, and bituminous overlay from the Gunflint Trail heading northeast out of town.
  • One lane traffic will continue by My Sister’s Place culvert.
  • All truck traffic will be detoured using County Highway 7 for the duration of the summer.

 

A rendering of the Hwy 61 Grand Marais project.

A rendering of the Hwy 61 Grand Marais project.

About this project

MnDOT Project Engineer Ed Welch and Resident Engineer Andrew Deming sat down with Grand Marais Communications Director Patrick Knight and Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith-DeCoux to discuss the Grand Marais project. View the interviews below.

Project animation

See a project animation.

Construction staging

Map showing the project staging in 2020 from mid-May through October. Motorists may encounter a short detour, and single lane traffic.

Map showing the project staging in 2020 from mid-May through October. Motorists may encounter a short detour, a longer detour and single lane traffic.

Map showing the project staging in 2020 from mid-May through October. Motorists may encounter a detour and single lane traffic.

Summary of work

  • Reconstruct and resurface Hwy 61 through Grand Marais, improve accessibility, replace box culverts

This map shows the entire project area. The project will reconstruct and resurface Hwy 61 through Grand Marais, improve accessibility, replace box culverts