Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Twin Ports Interchange local roads improvement project

In St. Louis County

Traffic impacts

Map showing proposed 2019 improvements

46th Avenue West

  • Up to five days of paving work in August with lane closures
  • Concrete pavement repairs and accessibilty improvements begin June 24, 2019

27th Avenue West

  • Up to five nights of paving work in August with lane closures

Garfield Avenue

  • On Monday, July 8, turning movements between Railroad Street and Garfield Avenue will be closed. Traffic will be detoured via West Superior Street and 5th Avenue West for approximately 3 weeks
  • Oversize overweight vehicles will be accommodated.

Railroad Street

  • Flagger control – three to five days in August
  • Access to local businesses will be provided

New rail crossings by BNSF (August)

This work was originally scheduled in May, however the new crossings are on back-order due to a high demand resulting from flood-damaged crossings in many parts of the country.

  • Four locations and one removal
    • Closure of Railroad Street for two weeks beginning in early August
    • Access to local businesses will be provided.

About this project

This local roads improvement project is being done to ensure these roads are in good condition prior to the start of construction on the Twin Ports Interchange project. The TPI project is scheduled to begin in 2020. During the three year construction project, motorists will be encouraged to use local streets as alternative routes.

Summary of work

  • 46th Avenue West: Install a thin bituminous overlay from Hwy 2 to Grand Avenue
  • 27th Avenue West: Install a thin bituminous overlay from I-35 to Michigan Street
  • Garfield Avenue and Railroad Street intersection: Modify intersection to minimize delays, make turning movements safer and increase pavement strength
  • Railroad Street: Remove two inches of pavement and overlay two inches of bituminous
  • Garfield Avenue: Rehabilitate concrete pavement and restripe to four lanes until 2023. A temporary traffic control signal system will be installed at the Garfield/Railroad intersection in early 2020.
  • New railroad crossing surfaces on Railroad Street, remove the vacated crossing

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