Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 61

Two Harbors, Lake County

Project schedule/traffic impacts

Rural Work: Two Harbors to Silver Creek Tunnel including Campground Road

September 17 project update:
Construction from 8th Street to 5th Street continues:
- 7th Street and 5th Street will open mid-week
- 6th Street construction starts mid-week

Traffic Control Includes: Shoulder Closures with no parking in the work area, short term side street closures

Bituminous paving from County Road 2 to the Silver Creek Tunnel is now completed. Shouldering, rumble strips and striping work continues. Traffic control Includes: Mobile shoulder/lane closures for short durations.

Restrictions: 11 foot width

Contacts for traffic control and road maintenance: Patrick Hilty (KGM): 218-780-0079 Jake Clement (KGM): 218-290-4696 Bo Draper (KGM): 218-780-9275 Heath Line (KGM): 218-780-9267

Traffic impacts

  • A single lane of traffic in each direction is being maintained weekdays.
  • All lanes are open from noon Fridays through early Monday mornings.
  • Anticipate flagging operations or temporary signals at work locations.

In Two Harbors: 4th Street (County Road 2) Intersection

  • July 30 to early-September
  • The north leg of County Road 2 and Hwy 61 will have a single lane in each direction at all times.
  • Side streets and entrances may be closed for short durations.

In Two Harbors: 8th Street to 5th Street

  • Work is expected to be completed in October
  • Side streets and entrances are closed for short durations. A single lane of traffic is maintained on Hwy 61 at all times. The shoulders are closed and no parking is allowed in the project area.

 

A rendering of the Hwy 61 Two Harbors project.

A rendering of the Hwy 61 Two Harbors project.

About this project

Summary of work

  • Signal replacements on Hwy 61 in Two Harbors
  • New turn lanes
  • Resurfacing
  • Sidewalk and accessibility improvements
  • Urban storm sewer work
  • Rural culvert work
  • New Municipal Campground entrance at Campground Road

Weekly meetings

Please Note: Week of September 10

The weekly public meeting will be Tuesday, September 11 at noon. The meeting will be at the same location. See below. Next week and through October 11, the public meetings will go back to the normal Thursday schedule.

 

Weekly public meetings for the Highway 61 Project are scheduled Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. through October 11.

The meetings are held at the Lake County Law Enforcement Center (Lake County Courthouse), 601 3rd Ave., Two Harbors, MN 55616.

The meetings provide attendees an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the status of the project.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota), 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You also may send an email to ADArequest.dot@state.mn.us. Please request at least one week in advance, if possible.

Past meetings

A public open house was held July 23, 2018 in Two Harbors at the Two Harbors Public Building, Law Enforcement Center. The meeting provided updated information for citizens and business owners about the upcoming “urban” phase of the project.

A public open house was held May 16, 2018 in Two Harbors at the Two Harbors Public Building, Law Enforcement Center. Proposed layouts were on display during the open house.

A public open house was held February 7, 2017 in Two Harbors. Approximately 50 people attended. Proposed layouts were on display during the open house.

A public open house was held Tuesday, March 7, 2016 at the Two Harbors Community Building, 417 South Avenue from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Project layouts and other displays were available while staff answered questions and took comments.