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Construction Tools, Haul Roads and Detours

Basic information about haul roads and detours

Orange barrels on a highway

Haul Roads & Detours

In the course of a construction project,  it may be necessary to designate a city or county road as a haul road or detour.  Either designation requires a Commissioner's Order.  Several laws govern the establishment of haul roads and detours as well as the Minnesota Constitution.

Contact Contract Administration Supervisor  at 651/366-4207 with questions about haul road payment.
Contact Commissioner's Order Supervisor at 651/366-3449 about haul road designation.


Minnesota Statute 160.02 Subd. 29 defines trunk highway
Article 14, Section 2 (MN Constitution) creates the trunk highway system
Minnesota Statute 161.25 addresses haul roads and detours
Standard Specifications for Construction
  - 1404.3   Contractor's Request for Detour
  - 1515     Control of Haul Roads
  - 2051     Maintenance and Restoration of Haul Roads
Right of Way Manual - Section 115.5  Maintenance Orders Policy

Haul Road/Detour Procedures

Right of Way Manual section 115.6 and 115.7 outline procedures that apply to haul roads and detours; both require a Commissioner's Order.
Complete a Haul Road Designation form and send to Commissioner's Order Supervisor once the haul road/detour transaction has been completed and all signatures affixed so that a Commissioner's Order can be prepared.
See the memo from the Haul Road Task Force for procedure information.

Haul Road/Detour Payments

If there is invisible damage to haul road or detour, the Contractor is liable for payment.
Refer to 2051.3A for haul road payment information.