Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Silver Creek and Stewart River bridges

Lake County

Traffic impacts

Traffic on Hwy 61 will be moved over to the a temporary bypass at Silver Creek starting October 11. The bypass will carry northbound and southbound traffic on 11’ driving lanes. Traffic can expect to be on the bypass through Fall 2022.

Construction of the temporary earth retention system and the temporary surcharges at Silver Creek will continue throughout October. Traffic can expect intermittent flagging, restricted to Monday – Thursdays only.

All work this fall will be limited to the Silver Creek area. Project work will resume in 2022 and continue into 2023.

About this project

Map of the Silver Creek bridge and the Stewart River bridge

Project location map

Silver Creek Bridge

  • Construction of new bridge replacing box culvert and including bike/ped crossing on bridge
  • Stream restoration
  • Extension of old Hwy 61 to align with Loop Road with sidewalk from bridge to old Hwy 61 extension and provisions for future DNR trail under new bridge
  • New pavement in work zone
  • Tree clearing as needed   

Stewart River Bridge

  • Rehabilitation of historic bridge with new bike/ped crossing
  • Historic bridge will carry northbound TH 61 traffic
  • Construction of new bridge inland of historic bridge to carry southbound TH 61 traffic
  • Turn lanes at County Rd 3 and Betty's Pies
  • New pavement in work zone
  • Tree clearing as needed

Project maps

Silver Creek Stage 1 map

Silver Creek Stage 1 project map. Click to enlarge.

Silver Creek Stage 2 map

Silver Creek Stage 2 project map. Click to enlarge.

Stewart River Stage 1 map

Stewart River Stage 1 project map. Click to enlarge.

Stewart River Stage 2 map

Stewart River Stage 2 project map. Click to enlarge.

Virtual public meeting

A virtual public meeting was held August 31, 2021.

Past meetings

November 18, 2020 recording

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019
5:30 - 7 p.m.
American Legion
614 1st Ave., Two Harbors, MN