Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 2 Passing Lanes

Cass Lake to Deer River

About this project

Traffic impacts

Grading and staging operations with intermittent paving will occur over the course of summer 2015 and will see anticipated completion in the fall. Motorists should be aware of ongoing construction, flagging activities, and the need to focus on driving in work zones. A flat $300 fine is now in place for all traffic violations in work zones. “Orange cones mean no phones” is an important rule to follow in this large and dynamic work zone.

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 is reconstructing Hwy 2 to address poor passing opportunities, unprotected turning movements, substandard drainage and deficient culverts, and is proposing 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