Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Feb. 14, 2017

Crews to clear trees along area roads in Central Minnesota through March

Includes the cities of Elk River, Princeton, Braham

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Motorists traveling on area highways in Central Minnesota may encounter periodic lane closures and flaggers as tree clearing work is scheduled through March.

Work will occur on weekdays, on good weather days, at these locations:

  • Highway 10 Elk River from west of Joplin Street to east of Upland Avenue in Elk River (two miles) in Sherburne County. Removal of selected trees in preparation for the upcoming two-year Lake Orono bridge replacement project set to begin July 2017. Learn more about this project at mndot.gov/d3/h10orono/

  • Highway 95 Princeton from the roundabout at Rum River Drive going east one mile. Routine removal of trees from the roadside clear zone.

  • Highway 65 Braham from Highway 107 north one mile to 411th Avenue NE in Isanti County. Routine removal of trees from the roadside clear zone.

  • Highway 107 Braham from Highway 65 north one mile to Isanti County Road 4. Routine removal of trees from the roadside clear zone.

Disruption to traffic is expected to be minimal as the work will take place off the highway; however, there will be occasions when equipment parked along the highway may require a lane closure or flagging operation.

The tree removal work is necessary over winter to ensure that it does not disrupt the Northern Long Eared Bat, which is classified as an endangered species, and is in hibernation now away from the trees. All work to be completed by the end of March.

Central Minnesota tree removal projects already in progress:

  • Highway 71 and Highway 27 Long Prairie in preparation for future road resurfacing project in mid-summer 2017.
  • Highway 210 east of Aitkin in preparation for future culvert bridge replacement project in late-June 2017.

For updated statewide road conditions, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.