Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Dec. 2, 2013

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Local officials strongly urge use of southbound I-35 detour route to avoid congestion

DULUTH, Minn. –The Minnesota Department of Transportation, Duluth Police and the Minnesota State Patrol strongly urge motorists to use the posted detour route until southbound I-35 reopens.

Many motorists are choosing not to use the posted detour route, causing lengthy delays.

MnDOT traffic engineers estimate that evening traffic delays can be reduced significantly if motorists use the posted route.

“It’s going to snow for the next two to three days and this will compound congestion and motorist delays,” said Pat Huston, MnDOT Operations engineer. “Until southbound I-35 reopens, the posted detour route is the fastest, safest and best way for people to go.”

MnDOT asks motorists travelling west on Lower Michigan Street to follow the posted detour and turn on 21st Avenue West to access I-35 at the “Can of Worms” interchange. Currently, most traffic is continuing west on Michigan Street to 27th Avenue West, causing traffic congestion at the intersection. 

“When traffic stops, the plows in that traffic stop also – causing gridlock,” Huston said. 

The posted detour route as a top priority plowing route, meaning it will be plowed first.

Work is progressing well on the piling repair project on southbound I-35. MnDOT engineers estimate southbound I-35 may open as early as Tuesday, December 10. 

Official posted detour route: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/index.html


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