Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Highway 61 Grand Portage project

Cook County

Project Complete

Hwy 61 map

Hwy 61 map. Click to enlarge.


About this project

Project purpose

  • Restore the structural integrity of the roadway and improve the ride.┬áThe existing pavement will be reclaimed/ground up with a new bituminous surface then placed over the top.
  • Replace or repair culverts that are in poor condition.
  • Replace the culvert(s) at Hollow Rock Creek with a new single-span bridge that will decrease flooding potential and improve fish passage.
  • Replace the culvert(s) at Red Rock Creek with a larger box culvert that will decrease flooding potential and improve fish passage.
  • Intersection safety improvements: turn lanes and bypass lanes.
  • Pedestrian safety improvements: intersection lighting, trail crossings.
  • Bi-lingual signage.
  • Guardrail replacement

    Past Public Meetings
    Monday, November 18, 2019
    5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    Grand Portage Casino

About 35 people attended the meeting which featured proposed layouts, a presentation and time for questions.

Anticipated 2021 work

  • Construct Hollow Rock Creek bridge.
  • Intersection safety improvements
  • Reclaim and resurface the highway.
  • Traffic Impacts
    • Traffic will be run on single lane bypass controlled by portable signal system at Hollow Rock Creek while the new bridge is being constructed.
    • Highway reclaiming and resurfacing will result in lane closures controlled by flaggers and pilot cars.
    • Short term intersection closure of Blazes Pit Road
    • Short term intersection closure of Stevens Road with a local traffic detour.