Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

Dec. 18, 2018

MnDOT District 1 wraps-up construction for 2018

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation District 1 wrapped-up the 2018 construction season with the completion of many projects that improve mobility and safety. The district had a total of 31 projects in 2018 valued at approximately $106 million.

District 1 includes the counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine and St. Louis in northeastern Minnesota. The district is responsible for the operation of more than 1,600 miles of state highways and more than 600 state bridges.

“The projects we completed this year will benefit motorists and the state’s economy for many years to come,” said Todd Campbell, assistant district engineer for program delivery.

Some of the projects started or completed during the 2018 Construction Season:

  • Hwy 1/169 – resurfaced 5.7 miles of the highway southwest of Ely, straightened the alignment and flattened hills.
  • Hwy 169/1 – resurfaced 18 miles of highway, improved drainage and removed rock outcroppings.
  • Hwy 169 – Expanded 1.5 miles of the highway to four lanes near Taconite.
  • Hwy 33 – constructed a roundabout near I-35 in Cloquet.
  • I-35 – resurfaced seven miles of the freeway and rebuilt the bridge at the Snake River.
  • Hwy 38 – resurfaced 14 miles of pavement and replaced 41 culverts north of Grand Rapids.
  • Hwy 61 – resurfaced 20 miles of pavement from the Lafayette Tunnel to Hwy 1, added turn lanes in Two Harbors.
  • Hwy 65 – resurfaced eight miles of pavement in Aitkin County.
  • Hwy 210 – resurfaced 14 miles of pavement between Hwy 169 and McGregor.

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