Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Construction season is nigh


April 11, 2019

Photo courtesy MnDOT

On April 4, MnDOT Engineer Duane Hill announced the construction projects scheduled for the year in District 1, which encompasses the northeast region of Minnesota including, Pine, Carlton, and St. Louis Counties. There are 35 active projects for 2019, with new projects valued at just over $55 million and carryovers from previous years estimated between $10-$15 million.

Engineer Hill cautioned, "It's going to be really difficult traveling on I-35 north and south through the state and on 94 and on I-90 just because of the number of projects that we have in those areas. We want the public to be aware and plan ahead."

Several projects will affect travel on I-35 beginning this spring. Of note, two bridges over I-35 in Pine County will be replaced, namely the Highway 70 and County Road 7 bridges. The Hwy 70 bridge will be closed from April through July with the ramps closed for two to three weeks for reconstruction. For three days in April, I-35 traffic will be detoured over the Hwy 70 ramps. Expect single lane closures and detours.

The County Road 7 bridge will be closed from July through October, and the I-35 ramps will be closed for three weeks for reconstruction which will most likely occur in August or September. While the northbound and southbound ramps are closed, exiting traffic will be diverted onto local highways. I-35 will be closed for three days in July and traffic will be detoured over the County Road 7 ramps. Again, expect single lane closures and detours.

The bridge replacements will complete the Snake River project that was carried over from previous years; the total cost of the project is $21,500,00.

There will also be district-wide work on I-35 between Hinckley and Duluth to paint and repair bridges; the project costs $1,800,000.

In Pleasant Valley Township, the SOO line railroad bridge that crosses over Highway 23 will be removed, and not replaced, during May through July. There will also be some grading and paving. Traffic will be detoured for a short duration during that time. The cost of the project is $290,000.

As always, there will be numerous projects going on in Duluth. There's a focus on preparing streets within Duluth for use as alternate routes during the Twin Ports Interchange project, otherwise known as the "Can of Worms" project, which will begin next year. Roads affected will be 27th Ave W, 46th Ave W, Garfield Avenue, Railroad Street, and Michigan Street. There will also be reconstruction on Highway 39 from Boy Scout Landing to Oliver Bridge.

There are also long distance resurfacing projects on Hwy 53, Hwy 6, Hwy 65, and Hwy 135.

Engineer Hill urged motorists to heed the speed limit signs and be extra cautious when traveling through work zones.

For a full list of projects, visit You can also check for updates on traffic impacts.


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