Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 33 Intersection Improvements


Traffic impacts

The southbound Interstate 35 ramp to northbound Highway 33 (Exit 237) has reopened.

Current lane closures
Hwy 2 project location map
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  • Motorists are restricted to a single lane in each direction between I-35 and the Doddridge Avenue/Big Lake Road intersection.
  • The ramp to northbound I-35 from Hwy 33 is closed. Southbound Hwy 33 traffic wishing to go north on I-35 is being detoured to the Scanlon ramp via Cloquet Avenue.
  • The frontage road on the south end of the project is closed to Hwy 33 access. No access to the frontage road is available from Hwy 33. Access is open to southbound I-35 only.
  • Motorists should expect single lane traffic on this project until it is completed in October.
  • Motorists should expect traffic delays especially on Fridays, Sundays and holiday weekends.

Business access

Businesses are all open and accessible during this construction project. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes to access local businesses and follow the posted signs which will direct traffic to access points for the businesses.

  • Alternate routes for west side businesses include: Carlton Avenue and Armory Drive
  • Alternate routes for east side businesses include: Washington Avenue and Stanley Avenue

Weekly meetings

Due to low attendance, weekly public meetings are no longer being held on this project. Check the weekly construction updates section (to the right) for the latest project information.

About this project

Summary of work

  • Remove in-place pavement on Hwy 33 and the repave road surface with concrete
  • Reconstruct intersection at Big Lake Road/Doddridge Avenue to include a through-lane, new right- and left-turn lanes for eastbound and westbound traffic and pedestrian signals (proposed project layout, GIF 1 MB)
  • Construct new turn-lane from northbound Hwy 33 to the Super One grocery store area. Southbound Hwy 33 traffic will use the existing crossover to turn into the L&M Fleet Supply area. Traffic exiting the Super One grocery store area will access northbound Hwy 33 via the Big Lake Road/Doddridge Avenue signalized intersection or by making a U-turn at Washington Avenue.
  • Add right turn lanes to the frontage road on northbound Hwy 33 in front of the Department of Natural Resources Building and on southbound Hwy 33 at the southerly Gillette Road/Hwy 33 road connection


  • $6,208,600