Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 70 resurfacing and drainage improvements

Near Pine City

Traffic impacts

Photo coming.

Road closures

  • There are no current traffic impacts.

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
  • Soften hills at six locations
  • Install turn-lanes at:
    County Road 4/106 – right-turn/bypass-lane
    County Road 3 – right-turn-lane
    County Road 107 intersection – The redesigned intersection at Hwy 70 and County Road 107 will be constructed at right-angles to improve sightlines and improve safety.

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 done. MnDOT continues to monitor the pavement and will make necessary repairs as needed.

New sand-hauling activity has increased the number of trucks using Hwy 70. Some people have expressed concern that Hwy 70 will not be able to hold up with this additional traffic. The highway was designed to accommodate legally-loaded trucks and the structural design for the 2015 resurfacing project will also fully meet that requirement.

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

Crash Analysis 2002–2011

  • Four fatal crashes
  • 36 injury crashes
  • 61 property-damage crashes
  • 101 crashes total
  • Crash rate 0.9 compared to 0.5 statewide average
    (rate is crashes-per-million vehicle miles traveled)

Cost

    • $6.7 million Connect with us through Twitter Connect with us through YouTube Connect with us through Facebook