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Heading up to the North Shore this summer? Be aware of Highway 61 work

Construction runs through the summer.

Anyone from the Twin Cities or southern Minnesota planning a drive up to the North Shore this summer, be ready to navigate road work.

Highway 61 between Knife River and County Road 61 Scenic Highway (just outside of Two Harbors) will feature lane closures and bypasses from May 24 through August of 2021 as crews tackle a resurfacing and intersection project.

The work will include:

  • The resurfacing of nearly 7 miles of pavement in both directions
  • The repair (or replacement) of a culvert
  • Installation of a new guardrail
  • The construction of a "reduced conflict intersection" at Highway 61 and County Road 9.

So if you're in Duluth and want to get up to Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse, Grand Marais or anywhere in between - plan ahead for some potential traffic frustrations.

In addition, some bridge work on Highway 61 just north of Two Harbors is expected to kick off in September, lasting until 2023. However, MnDOT says two lanes of traffic will be maintained through most of the work.

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