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Jan. 11, 2022

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Tree, brush removal underway for 2022 construction work

BAXTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has begun clearing trees and brush within the state right-of-way in central Minnesota. Motorists may encounter shoulder closures, lane shifts, or flaggers as crews work along the road at various locations. All work will be complete by March 31, 2022.

The tree cutting and brush removal helps clear areas for construction in 2022 as well as improve areas for drainage once the construction work is completed. Removal work takes place in winter months to ensure seasonal nesting patterns of bats are not disrupted.

Expect tree and debris clearing at these known 2022 project locations:

  • Hwy 23 from Foley to Milaca, Benton and Mille Lacs counties, to resurface/reconstruct and improve access and drainage, includes roundabout in Foley
  • Hwy 23 from east of Paynesville to Richmond, Stearns County, to expand to four-lane highway
  • Hwy 27 in the Osakis area, Todd and Douglas Counties, to resurface, improve access and replace bridges
  • Hwy 65 in Mora, Kanabec County, to reconstruct the Snake River bridge and install multi-use trail
  • Hwy 169/210 from Aitkin to north of Hassman, Aitkin County, to widen shoulders, improve drainage and reconstruct the road surface
  • Hwy 169 in Elk River, Sherburne County, to construct a freeway system with four interchanges
  • Business Hwy371 from Barrows to Brainerd, Crow Wing County, to reconstruct or resurface and improve access
  • Hwy 371 in Brainerd Lakes area, Crow Wing County, to improve access from Gull Lake Dam Road to Green Gables Road, includes frontage roads

Motorists are asked to watch for crews working along the MnDOT right-of-way, slow down and obey traffic laws. Cleared trees will be recycled and used for mulch and erosion control throughout the project area. Learn more about MnDOT’s tree guidelines at www.mndot.gov/roadsides/vegetation/trees.

For more information on these projects in central Minnesota, visit www.mndot.gov/d3/projects.

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