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.

Environmental Assessment Worksheet

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

Public open house

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