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South Sixth Street—Brainerd

Reconstruct Highway 371B

Brainerd South Sixth Street project - image of water tower

Reconstruct, improve

South Sixth St near Laurel St on July 24, 2017. Latest project update

Highway 371B/South Sixth Street to be reconstructed through Brainerd from Hwy 210/Washington St to Joseph St, includes city underground utilities.  Tree removal to be completed over winter.

A project open house was held July 25 at Brainerd City Hall. Project staff shared 2018 tentative work and detour plans. Materials covered:

Information is tentative and subject to change pending contractor award.

About this project

Location map
Reconstruct Hwy 371B/South Sixth St in Brainerd. Map

Summary of work

  • Reconstruct and redesign Hwy 371B/South Sixth St, includes sidewalks, curbs and gutters:

    Hwy 210/Washington St to Quince St - Five-lanes, two northbound and southbound lanes and a continuous center left-turn lane. Graphic

    Quince St to Joseph St - Three-lanes, one northbound and southbound lane and a continuous center left-turn lane. Graphic

  • Reconstruct side street connections and driveway entrances
  • Upgrade city utilities and infrastructure, including water and sewer systems
  • Improve pedestrian accessibility, including wider sidewalks
  • Upgrade motorist and pedestrian signal systems
  • Install new road signs and overhead LED stree lights
  • Final layout (Feb. 2, 2016)

Upcoming impacts

This fall and winter, motorists may encounter lane or shoulder closures as crews prepare work areas before construction gets underway in early spring 2018, then expect:

  • Segments of road closures and sidewalk closures with signed detours

Brainerd is open for business

Access to businesses and residences to be maintained


  • $7.5 million (estimated)


Location mapThe current highway was constructed in 1957. The existing pavement is nearing the end of its life with a ride quality index (RQI) of 2.8; projects are programmed when the RQI drops below 3.0. Existing sidewalks do not meet accessibility standards. The city of Brainerd’s aging underground sewer and water utilities, (pipes dating back to 1908) are deteriorated, with several breaks in recent years. Reconstruction begins spring 2018.

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