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March 26, 2021

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Floodwood Rest Area to close as of April 5

DULUTH, Minn. — MnDOT has transferred ownership of the Floodwood Rest Area to the City of Floodwood, and it will be closed indefinitely as of April 5.

In the mid-1990s, MnDOT opened the current rest area along Highway 2 to replace a rustic wayside rest located near the East Savanna River in Floodwood. The rustic wayside rest needed to be closed due to consistent flooding. MnDOT rehabilitated the Hwy 2 rest area building and created a parking lot for visitors.

Unfortunately, the building has been difficult to maintain because it was not originally built to serve as a rest area building. It has been determined that operational costs for maintaining the building are not cost effective for the minimal usage of the facility.

In partnership with the City of Floodwood, a joint decision was made to not operate the facility as a rest area any longer. The state is transferring ownership to the City of Floodwood, which will develop the building and parking area into a future asset for the community.

The building will be locked, and the parking lot will be barricaded as of April 5.