Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 53, Hwy 1 intersection, passing lanes project

St. Louis and Koochiching Counties

Traffic impacts

Hwy 53, Hwy project mapHwy 53, Hwy 1 project map

None currently

About this project

Summary of work

  • Construct a Reduced Conflict Intersection at the south junction of Hwy 1 and Hwy 53. Most of the work will take place within the median with minor changes to Hwy 1 and County Road 122.
  • Realign the north junction of Hwy 1 and Hwy 53. The current intersection at this location is skewed making it difficult for motorists to see approaching traffic. This project will build two "offset tee" entrances to Hwy 53. These entrances will be at right-angles to Hwy 53 and will improve sight distances.
  • Construct four, 2½-mile-long, center passing lanes.

Public open house

A public open house has been scheduled to provide information about intersection revision projects on Hwy 53 and Hwy 1 just north and south of Cook and construction of additional passing lanes between Cook and International Falls.

Project layouts and other exhibits will be on display and MnDOT staff will be available to share details about the project and answer questions.
Location: Cook Community Center, 510 Gopher Drive, Cook, MN 55723
Date: Thursday, December 6
Time: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.