Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 210

In Jay Cooke State Park

Traffic impacts
Phot showing Hwy 210 in an area of severe damage. A large section of highway is missing and the earth beneath it has eroded away.

A two-mile-long section of Hwy 210, which serves as the east entrance to Jay Cooke State Park is closed due to significant damage from severe flooding that occurred in June 2012.

(Jay Cooke State Park is open, for details click here)


Photo: Jim Sorenson, MnDOT construction

Flood-damaged section of Highway 210 to be rebuilt

MnDOT will rebuild the closed section of Highway 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 estimated at $21.7 million.


MnDOT and the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission recently completed investigating options for how, where and if, to reconstruct Hwy 210 in this damaged area. A final report document prepared by ARDC may be viewed on the ARDC website.

Other areas damaged during the flood have been repaired, however this section has historically been highly-prone to hillside slumping and erosion, which causes the highway to be undermined.

The ARDC facilitated public meetings to help develop a framework to guide MnDOT's future investment on this section of Hwy 210.

Past meetings:

August 22, 2013
Click here to view responses from the first public input session

Related websites:

Hwy 210, in Jay Cooke State Park

Hwy 210 Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Arrowhead Regional Development Commission

Options considered during the public outreach

  • Should Hwy 210 be repaired and reopened?
  • What type of road is required; paved, gravel?
  • Where would the new road be located?
  • Would the new road need to be open year-round?
  • Is a through-highway needed or would partial access be sufficient?
  • Should the highway corridor be converted into a trail(s)?

Cost estimate

$21.7 million