Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

March 22, 2016

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Hwy 8 road closure in Chisago County scheduled March 22 (tonight)

ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Motorists on Highway 8 in Chisago County will encounter a road closure as maintenance crews stabilize the road and the adjacent slope.

Beginning at 7 p.m. tonight, both directions of Highway 8 between the south and north intersections of Highway 95 in Franconia/Shafer Townships and Taylors Falls will close to through traffic. Recent rainfall has caused the slope to give way and make it necessary to stabilize it before traffic can use the road.

Motorists are advised to follow the posted detour through Osceola using Hwy 95, Hwy 243 and Wisconsin Hwy 35.

Local residents and Wildwood campground visitors can access the area from the west end of the Highway 8 closure.  Access to Interstate Park will be provided from the east end of the Highway 8 closure.

The road is expected to re-open by Friday, April 1 to car traffic only. Once it opens, lane widths and speed limits will be reduced until permanent repairs can be completed later this spring during the Highway 8 construction project.  Truck traffic will continue using the posted detour until further notice.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

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