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District 1 — Northeast Minnesota
Southbound Interstate 35 between Lake Avenue and 21st Avenue West in Duluth is closed. I-35 will remain closed until repairs to deteriorated bridge piling under one pier is completed. The repairs are expected to be completed in three to four weeks.
December, 2, 2013 Update
MnDOT strongly encourages motorists to use the posted detour route. Traffic congestion has been occurring during the evening rush. Taking the detour route will reduce this congestion.
The snowstorm that started today and is expected to continue through Wednesday, will add to the congestion. Please use the detour route. It is a high-priority plowing route and will be the safest, fastest route available.
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.
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.
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 flood damage.
Statewide and District Investment Plans