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)
The 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.