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District 1 — Northeast Minnesota


About District 1
District 1 serves Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine, and St. Louis counties. These eight counties in northeastern Minnesota comprise as District 1 of MnDOT.


District 1 represents one-fourth of the state’s total land area and has more than 1,600 miles of state highway. Our major industries rely heavily on a safe and efficient transportation system.

The MnDOT team in District 1 plans, designs, constructs and maintains the state and federal highway systems within district boundaries. We also manage the aid and assistance given to county and city systems that qualify for state and federal dollars. District 1 provides transit, trail and rail transportation services as well.


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District 1 map showing tentatively scheduled 2014 to 2017 construction projects. Project scheduling is subject to change due to funding or other factors.

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District 1’s top priority is to preserve the existing transportation system. Our construction program emphasizes pavement replacement, drainage improvements, intersection upgrades, and bridge rehabilitation and replacement. In order to attain our priority, nearly all of the state road construction funds allocated to District 1 for the next 10 years will be directed to these preservation projects.

If you are interested in public involvement with our transportation projects, please go to District 1’s Area Transportation Partnership page for more information.



Photo of Dustin Peterson wearing reflective clothing and hardhat holding the damaged stop sign.






























Watch for flaggers


Please obey work zone flaggers and watch out for workers in work zones.


MnDOT flagger Dustin Peterson holds a damaged sign after a near-miss that occurred in a Highway 61 work zone near Little Marais. Peterson tried to alert a motorist, who didn’t see him at the entrance to a work zone. He had to drop his stop sign and run into the ditch to avoid getting hit. The motorist slammed on his brakes and slid to a stop on top of the sign.




Statewide map showing MnDOT's 10-Year Capital Highway Work Plan Projects (2015 to 2024).

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Hwy 210 from the eastern edge of the Jay Cooke State Park Campground to Fond du Lac is the only highway that remains closed due to June 19/20, 2012 flood damage. Click here for information about a project to repair and reopen the highway.


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