Flood-damaged section of Hwy 210 to be rebuilt in Jay Cooke State Park
DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation will rebuild the closed, flood-damaged, two-mile-long section of Hwy 210 in Jay Cooke State Park. Work will begin in summer 2015 and will most likely be completed in 2016.
The project will be funded with 80 percent federal emergency funds and 20 percent state emergency funds, which can only be used on emergency repair projects. The cost of the project is not known at this time.
“We will have a better idea of how much the project will cost later this year,” said Todd Campbell, MnDOT Program Delivery engineer. “We will continue to focus our efforts on scoping, engineering and the environmental process.”
In 2013 MnDOT invited the public to help develop a framework to guide MnDOT’s future investments on this section of Hwy 210. In addition to hosting public meetings, MnDOT conducted a survey to determine citizen’s opinions. Of the 1200 surveys that were completed, the vast majority of people wanted to see Hwy 210 rebuilt. Options considered included whether or not the Hwy should be rebuilt, closed and rerouted or made into a trail.
Hwy 210 was heavily damaged on June 19/20 2012 when a flood caused landslides that endangered the safety of the embankments that support the roadway and the slopes above the roadway. Then stream flows, which exceeded the capacity of the culverts, caused the roadway to wash out.
More information on the project can be found at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/d1/projects/Hwy210future/index.html