Minnesota Department of Transportation

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South Sixth Street—Brainerd

Reconstruct Business Highway 371

Orange barrels on a highway

Project update - October 2018

Final weeks, new roadway opens soon

We're in the final home stretch on the Hwy 371B/S Sixth St Brainerd Reconstruction Project between Hwy 210/Washington St and Joseph St. The project remains on schedule and all lanes will open by mid-October.

The detours and single-lane closures remain in effect until then.

Here's the scoop on work the next few weeks

Hwy 371B/S Sixth St remains an active work zone with several crews working in different areas. Please stay out of closed areas and watch for workers. Now through mid-October, crews will:

  • Pave the first and second layer of road surface between Oak St and Hwy 210/Washington St
  • Pave the final layer of road surface on the entire corridor between Hwy 210/Washington St and Joseph St
  • Install and time all pedestrian/traffic signal systems
  • Pour remaining concrete sidewalks and approaches
  • Establish turf and plant grass along the road and sidewalks
  • Install temporary road pavement markings and unveil road signs

Clean-up operations will follow, and crews will remove detour signs, cones and barricades.

Permanent road pavement markings to be installed after spring, 2019.

Ribbon Cutting Celebration event? Yes! Stay tuned, more details to come.

Thank you

The Construction Project Team thanks you for your continued patience during this S Sixth St Brainerd project.

Project update - September 2018

Work at Hwy 210 intersection

Motorists to encounter periodic shoulder closures along Hwy 210 as crews work at the Hwy 371B/S 6 St/Hwy 210 intersection through early-October.

Lane closures 4-5 overnights on Hwy 210

The contractor will be schedule up to five overnight lane closures on Hwy 210 in mid-September to fill and cap out-of-service sewer pipes below the roadway. Motorists will encounter both directions of Hwy 210/Washington S to be single-lane traffic east of the Mississippi River to S 7th St. The closures will occur between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Friday. Watch for road signs when navigating through the area.

Hwy 371B near Laurel St on Sept 3, Brainerd.

Safety first, work ahead

You’ll notice more heavy moving equipment along Hwy 210 in the next couple weeks, as crews begin digging north of the RR tracks on Hwy 371B/S 6th St to Hwy 210/Washington St. This will include reconstructing the new right-turn lane on EB Hwy 210. For your safety and ours please watch the roadway, refrain from use of mobile devices, and try not to gawk when traveling on Hwy 210 through the area.

Willow St to Quince St opens to local traffic

The second new segment of Highway 371B/South Sixth Street opened to local neighborhood residents and businesses between Willow St and Quince St on August 30.

While the segment is open, some work still needs to be completed (ex. install turf, signs, street lighting and guardrail), and motorists should watch for work crews and equipment in the area. The signed detour will change to S 8th St and Quince St and go through early-October, 2018.

Watch for walkers, bikers, increased vehicles near S Sixth Street project as students head back to school

Are you or someone you know heading back to school next week? Or, do you work in the area? With several school facilities located near the Highway 371/S Sixth Street Reconstruction project, and school beginning next week, we want you to be prepared for the additional vehicles and students walking or biking in the area.

Here’s what you can expect through early-October:

  • Highway 371B/S Sixth Street between Quince Street and Highway 210/Washington Street will remain closed August 30 through early-October. A local signed detour uses S Eighth Street and Quince Street.
  • Cross street traffic to be maintained and open between Oak Street and Highway 210/Washington Street. Only one of three cross streets to be closed; Oak Street, Maple Street or Laurel Street.
  • A signed pedestrian detour will direct students to the crosswalk at Quince Street to access school facilities on the east or west side of Highway 371B/S Sixth Street.
  • Highway 371B/S Sixth Street remains open to local traffic between Quince Street and Joseph Street.
  • Access to businesses, schools and residents will be maintained and open at all times. However, expect changes, including pedestrian sidewalk detours and gravel surfaces.

Safety First

For everyone’s safety, follow road signs and remind children to stay out of closed work areas. Also remember to give yourself some extra time, be patient and share the road with pedestrians and bicyclists.

Project update - Summer 2018

Willow St to Joseph St opens to local traffic July 13

The first new segment of Highway 371B/South Sixth Street to open to local neighborhood residents and businesses between Willow St and Joseph St by noon Friday, July 13.

While the segment is open, some work still needs to be completed (ex. install turf, signs, street lighting and guardrail), and motorists should watch for work crews and equipment in the area. Current signed detours will remain in place.

Railroad work complete

In conjunction with this project, the BNSF Railway has replaced the railroad crossing between Hwy 210/Washington St and Front St in mid-August. While the crossing is closed, the detour will use S 8th St to Hwy 210/Washington St.

Safety first

For your safety and ours, please stay out of closed areas, watch for changes, and use the signed detours.
Thank you for your continued patience during this project.

Project update - Spring 2018

Crews dig below the road surface


Work has begun in full swing on the Business Highway 371/South Sixth Street project. MnDOT has multiple crews working along the corridor. Photo by Paul Smith, MnDOT Construction

The construction season has finally arrived! Crews began working on the Hwy 371B/South Sixth Street project in Brainerd on Monday, April 30.

First local detour April 30 to mid-July

  • Hwy 371B/South Sixth Street will close from Joseph Street to Oak Street. A signed detour uses Industrial Park Road, County Road 45/13th Street SE and Oak Street.  Highway 371B/South Sixth Street will remain open to cross street traffic at Willow Street or Vine Street. For detour maps, visit www.mndot.gov/d3/brd/.

For the duration of this project April 30 to mid-October

  • Expect periodic lane, access or sidewalk closures along the entire Highway 371B/South Sixth Street corridor between Highway 210/Washington Street and Joseph Street. For your safety and ours, please watch for signs and stay out of closed areas.
  • A signed truck detour will direct Highway 371B/South Sixth Street commercial vehicles along Industrial Park Road/County Road 117/Thiesse Road, Highway 25 and Highway 210. The turning radiuses are narrow on the local street detour; please use the truck route whenever possible.
  • Access to businesses and residents to be maintained and open at all times. However, expect access changes and gravel surfaces when navigating in work areas.

When complete in mid-October 2018, the project will reconstruct and redesign the roadway, upgrade city underground utilities, improve pedestrian accessibility, upgrade signal systems and replace road signs throughout the corridor.  

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Project update - March 2018

Hi! Did you miss the Hwy 371B/South Sixth St Reconstruction Project Open House on March 20? Well, that’s OK, here’s a recap: 

Work, detours begin week of April 30

Work and detours on the South Sixth Street reconstruction project between Hwy 210/Washington St and Joseph St in Brainerd will begin April 30.

The City of Brainerd’s underground water and sewer system will be replaced south to north on the project. So, work and road closures will begin at the south end of the project between Oak St and Joseph St.

The contractor will have multiple crews working on this project. One crew will begin by removing the old pavement surface and another excavating down to the underground city sewer and water infrastructure at Vine St.

So, locals will encounter work areas and periodic lane/shoulder or sidewalk closures along the entire Hwy 371/South Sixth St Corridor during this project.

Access to businesses and residences will be maintained and open during construction, but expect changes and watch for signs.

Once construction begins, we’ll have a 24/7 contact number that residents and businesses along the corridor can use if they have access or utility issues.

Project schedule, detours

Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

April 30 to Mid-July

Hwy 371B/S 6th St closes Joseph St to Oak St. Detour uses Industrial Park Rd, CR 45 and Oak St. Cross streets to be open at Willow St or Vine St. Map of detours

Mid-July to Late-August

Hwy 371B/S 6th St closes Willow St to Hwy 210/Washington St. Detour uses Industrial Park Rd, CR 45, Oak St and S 8th St. Cross streets will be maintained in downtown at alternating intersections.

Late-August to Mid-October

Hwy 371B/S 6th St closes Pine St to Hwy 210 closes Pine St to Hwy 210. Detour uses Quince St and S 8th St. Cross streets will be maintained in downtown at alternating intersections.

Truck detour

A Hwy 371B commercial truck detour route will be signed during the duration of the project along Industrial Park Rd/CR 117, Hwy 25 and Hwy 210/Washington St.

Project update - November 2017

Prep work begins

Happy fall! Just a quick note to let you know we will begin to clear trees along Hwy 371B/South Sixth St between Hwy 210/Washington St and Joseph St in Brainerd beginning Wednesday, Nov. 15.

northern long eared bat
Learn more about bats: mndot.gov/environment/bats

Crews will work on weekdays, during daylight hours, and will require temporary lane closures and flaggers controlling traffic, as trees are cut and hauled away. Current project map

Pedestrian sidewalks may also need to close; watch for signs and please stay out of closed areas.

The tree clearing is in preparation for the Hwy 371B/South Sixth St reconstruction project in Brainerd that will begin early-spring 2018.

The tree removal is necessary over winter to ensure that it does not disturb the Northern Long Eared Bat, which is a threatened species, and is in hibernation now away from trees.

All work to be completed by the end of November.

Access to businesses and residences to be maintained.

Other off-road work

Plans are also to grade materials along the ditches near Willow St and Cedar Ave for future drainage work, along with removing brush.

About this project

Tom’s Backhoe Service of Brainerd is the prime contractor for the $5,741,885 reconstruction project.  When complete in fall 2018, the project will:

  • Reconstruct and redesign the road, side street connections and driveway entrances
  • Upgrade city utilities, including water and sewer systems
  • Improve pedestrian accessibility, including wider sidewalks
  • Upgrade signal systems
  • Install new road signs and overhead LED street lights

A construction project open house will be scheduled in February/March, 2018. We’ll send you an email invite when dates are set.

Project update - August 2017

South Sixth St near Laurel St on July 24, 2017.

Did you miss the Hwy 371B/South Sixth Street reconstruction project open house on July 25 at Brainerd City Hall? That’s okay, we’ve got you covered—we’ve posted the open house handouts with tentative plans and detours below:

Keep in mind that the plans are tentative and subject to change pending contractor award in fall 2017.

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

Looking ahead over winter

Crews will prepare work areas over winter, mainly removing trees along the roadway between November 2017 and March 2018. Motorists may encounter periodic lane or shoulder closures.

Reconstruct south to north in 2018

The city of Brainerd’s underground water and sewer systems need to be replaced south to north on the project first. So in April 2018, work will begin on the south end between Oak St and Joseph St and continue northward through downtown Brainerd.  You can expect segments of road and sidewalks to close with detours between April and early-October 2018.

Summary of work

  • Reconstruct and redesign the road, side street connections and driveway entrances  between Hwy 210/Washington St and Joseph St
  • Upgrade city underground utilities, includes water and sewer systems
  • Improve pedestrian accessibility, includes wider sidewalks
  • Upgrade signal systems
  • Install new road signs and overhead LED street lights

All lanes open in October 2018.