Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 70 resurfacing and drainage improvements

Near Pine City

Traffic impacts

Hwy 70 traffic is being detoured between Hwy 61 and County Road 3. Signs mark the detour route. This detour will be in place until August 1. No part of the detour route is on gravel surface. Click here for the detour map.


The project will be divided into three work areas.

Work Area 1: Hwy 70 from the west limits of the project to County Road 3 (Maple Ave.) covers approximately 5.5 miles and is under construction through August 1. This section of the project is being detoured. The detour follows County Road 61 to County Road 2 to County Road 3 and adds approximately 1.4 miles to the trip.

Work Area 2: Hwy 70 from County Road 3 (Maple Ave.) to 2.1 miles east of County Road 3, approximately 2.1 miles will be under construction from July 6 through Aug. 1. This section of the project will be constructed under traffic. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane Monday through Saturday in various locations during construction of this section. Traffic will be controlled with portable signals or flaggers.

Work Area 3: Hwy 70 from 2.1 miles east of County Road 3 to the Wisconsin border, approximately 1.6 miles. This work area will begin after completion of Work Areas 1 and 2 from Aug. 1 – Oct. 9. Culvert work will be allowed in Work Area 3 prior to Aug. 1st. This section of the project will be constructed under traffic. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane Monday through Saturday in various locations during construction of this section. Traffic will be controlled with portable signals or flaggers. Work in this section includes reducing hills to improve sight distance and improvement to the roadway subgrade.

About this project

Summary of work

  • Resurface nine-miles of pavement
  • Subgrade corrections as needed to improve road strength
  • Install culvert extensions and make other drainage improvements
  • Reduce hills at six locations to improve sight distance
  • Install turn-lanes at:
    County Road 4/106 – right-turn/bypass-lane
    County Road 3 – right-turn-lane
    Country View Lane – right-turn-lane
    County Road 110 intersection – Improvements to traffic operations will include modifications to intersection signing and pavement markings

Hwy 70 current condition

In 2012 MnDOT did an extensive amount of maintenance work on Hwy 70 which included patching transverse cracks in the road. This work was done as a safety measure and to maintain the integrity of the pavement until the resurfacing project is completed. MnDOT continues to monitor the pavement and will make necessary repairs as needed.

The life expectancy of the finished Hwy 70 resurfacing project is 20-years.

Cost

    • $8,637,179 Connect with us through Twitter Connect with us through YouTube Connect with us through Facebook