Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 70 resurfacing and drainage improvements

Near Pine City

Public open house scheduled

The public is invited to a public open house to learn more about the Hwy 70 project. MnDOT representatives will provide information and answer questions about project time frames, the detour and construction plans.

Monday, May 4, 2015
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Rock Creek City Hall
7080 Highway 70
Pine City, MN 55063

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota), 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You may also e-mail your request to ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us. Please request at least one week in advance if possible.

Traffic impacts

There are no current traffic impacts.

When the project begins it 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.) approximately 5.5 miles will be under construction from May 26 through August 1, this section of the project will be detoured.

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. 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
    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.

Cost

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