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Aug. 10, 2012



MnDOT District 1
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Duluth, MN 55811


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Hwy 1 detour continues until mid-October south of Ely


DULUTH, Minn. — The Hwy 1 detour south of Ely, originally scheduled to be lifted Aug. 15, will continue until mid-October. The schedule change was announced at a public meeting in Isabella Aug. 8.


This is the second time the detour timeline has been extended due to the challenging terrain, equipment breakdowns and additional rock discovered in the project area, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.


“The people who attended the meeting were very disappointed,” said Derek Fredrickson, MnDOT project engineer. “We know this project is causing people problems and we’ll continue to do everything we can to reopen Hwy 1 as soon as possible.”


The Hwy 1 project manager from KGM Contractors said there are about 30 pieces of heavy equipment on the project and their employees are working overtime. 


Detour route
Hwy 1 will be closed between Forest Road 424/New Tomahawk Road and just north of Forest Road 553. Motorists are required to follow the posted detour.


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