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Feb. 10, 2012




Minnesota Department of Transportation
1123 Mesaba Ave.
Duluth, MN 55811


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Detour begins Feb. 21 on Hwy 1 south of Ely


DULUTH, Minn. — Motorists will encounter a detour on Highway 1 south of Ely beginning Tuesday, Feb. 21, while crews blast and remove rock in preparation to reconstruct a five-mile section of Highway 1 next spring and summer. Minnesota Department of Transportation engineers estimate the work will take at least three weeks. 


About 5 miles of Highway 1 will be closed between Forest Road 424/New Tomahawk Road and just north of Forest Road 553. Motorists will be required to follow the posted detour, which is about 30 miles long.


“We have uncovered significant amounts of rock in numerous areas along the route that were anticipated to be granular or regular soil materials,” said Michael Kalnbach, MnDOT project engineer. “As a result of the needed additional rock blasting and removal, we will have to detour motorists for more days than we originally expected.”


“As many people who live in northeastern Minnesota know, soil conditions can be very unpredictable. We’ll work hard to reopen Highway 1 as quickly as possible, and want to thank motorists in advance for their patience,” said Kalnbach.