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.


Construction will resume May 17.

Traffic through the project limits should expect temporary lane and shoulder closures, flagger/pilot car operations, and a single lane bypass at Hollow Rock Creek with temporary signal. There will also be temporary closures of Wayswaugoing, Grand Portage, and Hovland pulloffs to allow for pavement resurfacing. Motorists can expect travel on reclaimed surfaces. A local detour at Stevens Road will be needed in late June.

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 2021 work

    • Construct Hollow Rock Creek bridge.
    • Intersection safety improvements
    • Reclaim and resurface the highway.
    • Traffic Impacts
      • Traffic will be run on single lane bypass controlled by portable signal system 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 Pit Road
      • Short term intersection closure of Stevens Road with a local traffic detour.