Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 61 reconstruction project

In Cook County

Traffic impacts

Construction is underway.

Through truck traffic is being detoured on Cty Rd 7. A temporary signal is now active at 5th Ave W and Cty Rd 7.

Southbound vehicular traffic is detoured on CSAH 7 to 8th Ave W. Northbound traffic has a detour on Wisconsin St and Broadway Ave.

Starting Monday, July 19, the work will begin on the southbound (or inland) side of Hwy 61. The single lane of northbound Hwy 61 traffic in this area will shift from the inland side of Hwy 61 to the lake side of the road.

Work is nearing completion between on Phase 2A at 3rd Ave W and Broadway Ave, signs and striping are being installed this week. On July 21 or 22, that section will reopen to traffic.

Project Stages 

Stage 2A - Early May to Late July: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Dig Site Work and 3rd Avenue West to Broadway

Stage 2C - Early May to Late June: 8th Avenue West to 3rd Avenue West (Lake/South Side)

Stage 2B - Late June to Early September: 8th Ave W to 3rd Ave W (Inland/North Side)

Stage 2D - Early to Late September: 8th Avenue West to 3rd Avenue West bumpouts and finishing work

map of the 2021 construction stages.

2021 project stage map. The green dot represents the MPCA dig site location. Click to enlarge.

 
map of the 2021 construction detours by stage.

2021 project detours by stage. The truck detour will remain during all of construction. Click to enlarge.

 

 

About this project

Project animation

See a project animation.

Construction staging

Map showing the project staging in 2020 from mid-May through October. Motorists may encounter a short detour, a longer detour and single lane traffic.

Map showing the project staging in 2020 from mid-May through October. Motorists may encounter a detour and single lane traffic.

Summary of work

  • Reconstruct and resurface Hwy 61 through Grand Marais, improve accessibility, replace box culverts

This map shows the entire project area. The project will reconstruct and resurface Hwy 61 through Grand Marais, improve accessibility, replace box culverts

A rendering of the Hwy 61 Grand Marais project.

A rendering of the Hwy 61 Grand Marais project.