Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 65 resurfacing project

Itasca, Koochiching counties

Traffic impacts

A rendering of the Hwy 65 detour.

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Project work will begin on July 25. Motorists should expect single lanes with flaggers and a pilot car during milling and paving.

A temporary detour begins Aug. 8 for approximately 30 calendar days during construction from the north junction of Hwy 1 to Silverdale. The detour uses Hwy 1 and St. Louis County roads for 17.8 miles. The portion of Hwy 65 that will be closed to thru traffic is approximately 13.8 miles in length. Access for residents within the closure section will remain open.

Summary of work

A rendering of the Hwy 65 resurfacing project.

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Highway 65 from the north junction of Trunk Highway 1 to 0.5 mile south of Highway 8 in Itasca County and Koochiching County. The project involves 42.59 miles of alternating sections of asphalt overlay and mill and overlay.
The project falls within the boundaries of Carpenter Township in Itasca County, Unorganized Territories of South Koochiching and East Koochiching in Koochiching County and the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa's Nett Lake reservation sector.

Project elements:

  • Pave 23 feet wide with 11-foot lanes and 6-inch paved shoulders
    • Combination of areas of 2-inch mill and 4-inch overlay and 2-inch overlay
  • Updated guardrail at the following locations:
    • Little Fork River (RP 224+00.11)
    • Prairie Creek Crossing (RP 228+00.172)
  • Rumble strips
  • Frost heave corrections at culverts in project limits
    • Tree stump removal: Various roadway subcuts that are approximately 12-inches deep to remove timber that is pushing up through the pavement surfacing. Subcuts will all be done within the existing paved roadway.

Project Update

July 5, 2022