Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Highway 371

Cass and Crow Wing counties

2018 Roadwork

Hwy 371 Backus to Hackensack

Work begins August 20

Hwy 371 roadwork Backus to Hackensack. Click on map for larger PDF version

Reconstruct seven miles of road surface (full-depth reclamation) and repair or replace culverts/pipes from west junction Highway 87 in Backus to Cass County Rd 40 in Hackensack. Project limits and culvert locations map, PDF

Traffic impacts

Prep work Aug. 20-31

Highway 371 to have periodic lane or shoulder closures with possible flaggers controlling traffic as crews prepare work areas and line culverts along the roadway.

Detour - Click for map

Detour after Labor Day, Sept. 4, through mid-October
  • Through traffic: Hwy 371 to close between Backus and Hackensack, plan for delays. Detour uses Hwy 87 west of Backus, Hwy 64 and Hubbard CR 19/Cass CR 40 to Hackensack. Hwy 371 will be maintained and open between the west and east junctions of Hwy 87 in Backus, but motorists will encounter periodic lane closures or flaggers. Through traffic detour map, PDF
  • Local traffic: Access to be maintained and open, however Hwy 371 will be impassable at some locations to replace underground culverts. Please watch for changes, follow signs and use the closest alternate route. Project limits and culvert locations (A-F) map, PDF
  • Hackensack to Backus is Open: Access to businesses and residences to be maintained, but expect changes or gravel surfaces when navigating through work areas.
  • Today on Hwy 371: For current road conditions, check 511mn.org
Work wraps up by Oct. 28

Once the detour lifts, Highway 371 to have periodic lane or shoulder closures with possible flaggers controlling traffic as crews complete the project.


  •  Aug. 20 to Oct. 28, 2018


  • $3.7 million


  • New, smoother road surface and improved drainage


Kirk Allen, Construction Project Manager, 218-828-5739.

Nearby projects

Resurface Hwy371 Hackensack to Backus Reconstruct Hwy 371B/South Sixth St in 2018 Resurface Hwy 371 Baxter/Brainerd
Hwy 371 road improvements in 2018

Road improvement projects on Highway 371 in Cass and Crow Wing counties in 2018. For current road conditions on Hwy 371, check 511mn.org

Business Hwy 371 Brainerd

South Sixth Street

Work: Reconstruct Hwy 371B/S 6th St from Hwy 210 to Joseph St in Brainerd, includes city utilities, sidewalks, accesses
Construct: April to October 2018
Impacts: Road closures, detours, follow signs; truck route
Contact: Joe Cameron, Construction Project Manager, 218-828-5740
More information: www.mndot.gov/d3/brd/

Hwy 371 Baxter/Brainerd

Project complete

Work: Resurface both directions of Hwy 371 (cold in-place recycle) from south of Hwy 210 in Baxter to 50th Ave SW, south of the Business Hwy 371 interchange, in Brainerd
Construct: May 29 to July 20, 2018
Cost: $3.3 million, Tri-City Paving
Benefits: New, smoother road surface
Contact: Kirk Allen, Construction Project Manager, 218-828-5739

Interchange south of Baxter/Brainerd

Work: Resurface south of Brainerd/Baxter at the Hwy 371/Hwy 371B interchange ramps and on Hwy 371B northward about one mile
Construct: Fall 2018
Cost: $800,000 (estimated)
Impacts: Lane closures, flaggers

Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Jenkins

Work: Landscape along new four lane in Nisswa, Pequot Lakes and Jenkins
Construct: Fall 2018 to Fall 2019
Impacts: Minor; periodic lane or shoulder closures
Cost: $500,000 (estimated)
Contact: Matt Indihar Construction Project Manager, 218-828-5737
More information: www.mndot.gov/d3/hwy371/