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

Beginning July 22

South junction of Highway 1 and Highway 53

  • Most work takes place within median
  • Traffic staged to allow access to all adjacent roadways

Beginning mid-August

Highway 53 between Cook and Ericsburg

  • Highway 53 reduced to one lane
  • Flaggers will be in place
  • Expect delays

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 22.
  • Construct four, 2½-mile-long, center passing lanes.

Environmental Assessment Worksheet

Please click here for the Highway 53 Intersection and Passing Lane Improvements Environmental Assessment Worksheet.

Findings of Fact and Conclusions Hwy 53 Intersection and Passing Lane improvements

Public open house

A public open house was held for this project December 6, 2018 at the Cook Community Center.