Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

May 24, 2017

Heavy traffic expected during Duluth Airshow 2017

Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time, take alternate routes, check 511

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation expects heavy traffic levels on Interstate 35 and other routes leading to Duluth just prior to and after the Duluth Airshow which is scheduled June 3 and 4. The airshow is expected to be the biggest event in Duluth for 2017.

Traffic is restricted to a single lane in each direction on I-35 in two locations and lengthy backups are expected during peak travel times. See links below for more information about I-35 and other main routes to Duluth.

Location: I-35 (Northern Pine and southern Carlton Counties)
Traffic impact: Single lane in each direction
Link: mndot.gov/d1/projects/i35willowriver

Location: I-35 over Highway 61 in Carlton County
Traffic impact: Single lane in each direction
Link: mndot.gov/d1/projects/i35-bridgedeck

Location: Hwy 53 in Virginia
Traffic impact: Single lane in each direction on Highway 53, temporary signal on Highway 53 at Highway 135 detour junction, Highway 135 closed and detoured from Bourgin Road to Highway 53, Second Avenue to southbound Highway 53 closed and detoured.  See link below for detour information.
Link: mndot.gov/d1/projects/hwy53relocation

Location: Hwy 61 south of Beaver Bay
Traffic impact: Single lane traffic in each direction
Link: mndot.gov/d1/projects/hwy61beaverbay/

Duluth Airshow President, Ryan Kern, said, “About 70 percent of airshow attendees come up Friday or very early Saturday morning.”

To avoid traffic delays, MnDOT encourages visitors to come early and stay late and consider taking alternate routes (see attached map, courtesy Duluth Airshow 2017).

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.