Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Highway 61 Grand Portage project

Cook County

Traffic impacts

Hwy 61 map

Hwy 61 map. Click to enlarge.


Reclamation begins Wednesday, Sept 16. Drivers should expect to encounter flagger/pilot car operations and reclaimed surface from Wayswaugoing Overlook to the Canadian Border. Construction is scheduled to be complete for the 2020 season by October 2nd.

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.