Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 2

Deer River- First St SE to Fifth St SE

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Public Meeting

Stay up to date on the project by attending our weekly public meetings beginning June 8th. They will be held at 1 p.m. each Thursday at Deer River City Hall, 60 Second Street SE.

Project Begins

The detour begins Tuesday, June 6 and is located south of Highway 2 along the railroad tracks, between First Street SE and Fifth Street SE. Westbound traffic will continue to use Highway 2.

Access to businesses located in the work zone will be maintained throughout the project. Off highway parking areas will be located in the blocks adjacent to Highway 2.

Upcoming schedule

  • Completion of the temporary detour route
  • Detour begins Tuesday
  • Pavement removal of the south side of Highway 2 begins Wednesday
  • Utility work could start as early as Thursday on the west end of the project, moving eastward

About this project

Hwy 2 project information

Summary of work

  • Resurface from 1st St SE to 5th St SE
  • City utility replacement
  • Sewer (storm, sanitary, water) replacement
  • Curb, gutter, sidewalks
  • Pedestrian ramps and audible signals

Traffic Impacts

Eastbound Highway 2 traffic is detoured onto a temporary road built to the south near the railroad tracks. The detour will remain in effect for the duration of the project. Westbound traffic is one way only and will remain on Highway 2. The westbound driving lanes will be shifted as paving crews move along the project.

We're in this together

The City of Deer River has partnered with MnDOT in order to replace city sewer and utilities throughout the project limits. During construction there will be inconveniences to your highway access and mobility. The contractor and MnDOT will work to minimize those impacts.

All businesses will be accessible throughout the project.



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