Michael L. Tardy, P.E.
Assistant District Engineer
Patrick Huston, P.E.
Assistant District Engineer – Operations
MnDOT District 1
1123 Mesaba Ave
Duluth, MN 55811
New Tomahawk Road detour for Hwy 1 road construction south of Ely in poor condition due to heavy rain
MnDOT recommends motorists use alternate routes
DULUTH, Minn. (3 p.m.) – Motorists using the New Tomahawk Road detour for the Hwy 1 road construction project south of Ely are advised to take alternate routes until crews can repair deterioration caused by significant rainfall during the past 36 hours, said Minnesota Department of Transportation officials.
The problem area is on 10 miles of the New Tomahawk Road, a US Forest Service Road, which has become badly potholed from the heavy rainfall. Although the road is passable at reduced speeds, MnDOT strongly encourages motorists to use alternate routes between State Hwy 61 and Ely, such as Lake County Hwy 2 to Forest Hwy 11 to St. Louis County Hwy 16 to State Hwy 135.
Attempts by road crews to keep the New Tomahawk Road in good condition today have not been successful due to the ongoing heavy rain. MnDOT is hopeful that multiple crews will have better results tomorrow if the forecast holds and the rain ceases. The detour will be monitored and repaired as necessary by road graders each day during the upcoming three-day holiday weekend.