Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 33 Intersection Improvements


Traffic impacts

Current lane closures
Hwy 2 project location map
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  • The signalized entrance to area businesses on the west side of Hwy 33 at Gillette Avenue is closed. Click here for more information about this closure.
  • On August 20/21 traffic was switched to the newly-constructed northbound lanes and construction began on the southbound lanes. The intersections at the DNR and Washington Avenue reopened.
  • 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 southbound I-35 ramp to northbound Hwy 33 (Exit 237) is closed. Traffic is being detoured using Exit 239 to County Road 45 to Cloquet Avenue and back to Hwy 33.
  • 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.
  • Doddridge Avenue and Big Lake Road are reduced to a single lane as work continues on the intersection reconstruction. The frontage road entrances are closed on both the east and west sides of Hwy 33 at Doddridge Avenue and Big Lake Road.
  • 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

The public is invited to attend weekly update meetings to learn more about the status of the Hwy 33 project. Meetings are held Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., at the Cloquet City Hall, city council chambers, 1307 Cloquet Avenue, Cloquet MN 55720-1657.

Minnesota Department of Transportation project staff, city of Cloquet staff and representatives from the project contractor, Ulland Brothers Inc. give a short presentation about the weeks planned construction activities. They also provide details about access restrictions and changes related to traffic control that may occur during the week. Each meeting will allow time for citizens to ask questions and speak to project staff about the project.

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