Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Two Harbors corridor study

Lake County

Summary of work

A rendering of the Hwy 61 Two Harbors project.

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MnDOT is currently conducting a corridor study along Hwy 61 through Two Harbors. We will be working with the community to identify multiple improvement aspects of the corridor. Construction is planned for 2025-26.

Community surveys

March/April 2022 survey

Based on early feedback, we put together a few proposed concepts for the Hwy 61 corridor, and we want to hear what you think. Please take a few minutes to watch the above video and then take this survey and share your opinion on the options.

Previous survey results

Thank you to those who took time and filled out Hwy 61 corridor survey in the fall of 2021. Please take a look through the results.

Even though the comment period is over, feel free to look through the interactive map and see what comments were made along the corridor.

Corridor study objectives

  1. Identify opportunities to improve the safety, mobility and operation of Hwy 61 through Two Harbors.
  2. Study and recommend access management guidelines and best practices for the corridor to promote safety while accommodating accessibility needs of local businesses and owners.
  3. Consider and incorporate bicycle and pedestrian recommendations (previously developed by State) within and around the community and determine where they should be served including compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  4. Define necessary Purpose and Need statements for future environmental documentation.
  5. Maintain the long-term goals of the City of Two Harbors.

There are many different facets of the corridor that this project will consider (including, but not limited to):

  1. Motorized vehicle movements (passenger vehicles and heavy commercial (freight))
  2. Bicycle and pedestrian movements and accommodations
  3. Parking
  4. User origins/destinations
  5. Access management control
  6. Traffic control
  7. Lane configuration(s)

Past public meeting

Quick view

Don't have time to watch the entire meeting? For a brief description of the project, watch this video.

Public meeting

MnDOT hosted four in-person and virtual open houses March 29-31 to view corridor concepts and ask questions.

MnDOT hosted three virtual public meetings on Nov. 9 to discuss the Two Harbors Corridor Study. A recording of the presentation is below.