Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 2 Passing Lanes

Cass Lake to Deer River

Project complete

Summary of work

  • Construct three passing lane sections as well as turning lanes along a 27-mile section of Hwy 2 between Cass Lake and Deer River
  • Improve drainage and replace deficient culverts


MnDOT reconstructed Hwy 2 to address poor passing opportunities, unprotected turning movements, substandard drainage and deficient culverts, and proposed to construct three four-lane passing sections, three left-turn lanes, nine right-turn lanes and one bypass lane on Hwy 2 between Cass Lake and Deer River. The proposed project also includes clearing trees within the safety clear zone and tree thinning in the three passing lane areas, and would include obtaining additional easements from the Chippewa National Forest, including a 100-foot-wide permanent easement on the north side of Hwy 2 and a variable width permanent easement to the Soo Line North trail and BNSF railroad on the south side of Hwy 2.

Environmental reports