Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Aug. 21, 2013

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Hwy 61 detour begins Aug. 26 near Little Marais, Illigen City in Lake County


DULUTH, Minn. – Motorists traveling on Hwy 61 near Little Marais and Illigen City will encounter a detour from Monday, August 26 through Friday, August 30. The detour is 13 miles long, on good-quality paved roads and adds approximately ten-minutes to normal travel-time. The detour is necessary as crews install culverts and construct a retaining wall.

  • Motorists traveling south on Hwy 61 near Little Marais will be detoured on County Road 6 to Hwy 1 and back to Hwy 61.
  • Motorists traveling north on Hwy 61 near Illigen City will be detoured on Hwy 1 to County Road 6 and back to Hwy 61.

All businesses will remain accessible. Signs will be posted to direct motorists these businesses. Through-traffic is prohibited.

This project will extend the pavement life of Hwy 61 and improve safety and accessibility.

For more information, visit the project’s website at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/projects/Hwy61littlemarais/index.html

For updated travel information on all Minnesota roads, call 511 or click on www.511mn.org.



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