Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 75

Madison to Bellingham

About this project

This project is suspended until spring 2021. 

Project updates

Oct. 19, 2020

  • Paving operations and additional work is complete with the exception of seal coat applications and permanent pavement markings.
  • The project is estimated to wrap for the season the week of Oct. 19 and resume in the spring.
  • Remaining work in the spring will be done under traffic using lane closures and flagging operations.

US 75 detour has been removed and the roadway is open to traffic.

Summary of work

  • Resurface Hwy 75 with cold-in-place recycling plus 3" of new pavement
    • Cold-in-place recycling is a method of removing and reusing the existing asphalt surface
  • Upgrade sidewalks and crosswalks in Bellingham to make them more accessible for everyone
  • Repair and/or replace culverts along the project area
  • Replace guardrail along the project area
  • Extend paved shoulders from 2 feet to 6 feet
  • Apply a chip seal on Hwy 75
    • Chip seals, also referred to as seal coats, protect the pavement, increase skid resistance and extend the life of the road.
    • Although it seems natural to avoid a road that has been recently coated or fixed, the chip sealing is unique in that it does not keep drivers off the road.
    • You can drive on a freshly chip sealed road after it has been swept.
    • A road that has been chip sealed will not be as quiet as new pavement. After a winter of plowing, the vehicle noise will diminish and you will notice that the road will not sound as loud.