Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Highway 61 Grand Portage project

Cook County

About this project

Project purpose

  • Restore the structural integrity of the roadway and improve the ride.┬áThe existing pavement will be reclaimed/ground up with a new bituminous surface then placed over the top.
  • Replace or repair culverts that are in poor condition.
  • Replace the culvert(s) at Hollow Rock Creek with a new single-span bridge that will decrease flooding potential and improve fish passage.
  • Replace the culvert(s) at Red Rock Creek with a larger box culvert that will decrease flooding potential and improve fish passage.
  • Intersection safety improvements: turn lanes and bypass lanes.
  • Pedestrian safety improvements: intersection lighting, trail crossings.
  • Bi-lingual signage.
  • Guardrail replacement

    Past Public Meetings
    Monday, November 18, 2019
    5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    Grand Portage Casino

About 35 people attended the meeting which featured proposed layouts, a presentation and time for questions.

Anticipated work schedule

Anticipated work in 2020

    • Construct the temporary traffic bypass that will be used while the Hollow Rock Creek Bridge is being constructed.
    • Replace the culvert at Red Rock Creek with a new, larger box culvert.
    • Repair and replace culverts other than Hollow Rock Creek.
    • Traffic Impacts
      • Work will be done while maintaining traffic on Hwy 61.
      • Roadway may be reduced to one lane controlled by flaggers.
      • Traffic will be running on single lane bypasses controlled by a portable signal system at Red Rock Creek and two other culvert replacement locations.

Anticipated work in 2021

    • Construct Hollow Rock Creek bridge.
    • Intersection safety improvements (some work may begin in 2020)
    • Reclaim and resurface the highway.
    • Traffic Impacts
      • Traffic will be run on single lane bypasses controlled by portable signal systems at Hollow Rock Creek while the new bridge is being constructed.
      • Highway reclaiming and resurfacing will result in lane closures controlled by flaggers and pilot cars.
      • Short term intersection closure of Blazes Road with a local traffic detour.
      • Short term intersection closure of Store Road with a local traffic detour.