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News Release
June 29, 2012



MnDOT District 1
1123 Mesaba Ave
Duluth, MN 55811


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Southbound Hwy 61 reopens at Knife River
Northbound Hwy 61 remains closed


DULUTH, Minn.—Southbound Hwy 61 is now open at Knife River. The highway was closed and detoured while crews completed emergency repairs to the southbound Hwy 61 bridge over the Knife River.  


Motorists traveling north on Hwy 61 must still use the detour, as repair work continues on the northbound Hwy 61 bridge.


Both bridges sustained flood damage after a major storm on Tuesday, June 19.


For a list of highways closed in Northeastern Minnesota due to flood damage, visit .


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