About the project
This 35-mile segment of Hwy 1 extends from the Red Lake Reservation to Hwy 71 near Northome. The portion within the Red Lake Reservation includes numerous access roads to houses and housing developments and is the only route for traffic to and from the communities of Red Lake and Redby. The remaining portion is in a wooded setting with low traffic volumes.
Two bridge projects are planned near Redby
- Replace Mud River bridge within the Red Lake Indian Reservation. The new bridge will have a pedestrian walkway and include aesthetic features.
The existing bridge is structurally deficient and also spans a small dam for a fish hatchery. The Red Lake Tribe will be doing a separate project to remove the dam and restore the upstream stream bed to its natural condition. The new bridge will be constructed on an alignment south of the existing bridge to allow traffic to continue to use Hwy 1 while the new bridge is built. A pedestrian walkway and aesthetic features, designed with input from local residents and the Red Lake Tribe, are also part of the new bridge.
- Replace the Blackduck River bridge 10 miles east of Redby, as the current bridge is weight restricted. The new bridge will be capable of carrying most weight loads.
The new bridges will enhance safety, mobility, freight movement and commercial activity. The Mud River Bridge will also accommodate bike and pedestrian traffic, and support the environmental goals of the Red Lake Tribe.