Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

South Sixth Street—Brainerd

Reconstruct Highway 371B

Orange barrels on a highway

Project update - November 2017

Sign-up for project updates

Live in the area? You may want to subscribe to project email updates for the upcoming Highway 371B/South Sixth Street reconstruction project. We'll send you the latest news about traffic and detour changes.

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.

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

Sign-up for project updates

You can now subscribe to project email updates for the upcoming Highway 371B/South Sixth Street reconstruction project between Highway 210/Washington St and Joseph St in Brainerd, which is set to begin late fall. You'll receive the latest news on the project, including traffic and detour information.

All lanes open in October 2018.

Project update - July 2017

Construction Project Open House set for Tuesday, July 25, at Brainerd City Hall

Mark your calendars! Join us for a Construction Project Open House on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Brainerd City Hall, 501 Laurel St. The project team will give a short presentation at 7 p.m. You'll learn about tentative construction staging, detour plans, and be able to ask questions and meet one-on-one with project staff.

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

Tell your friends! We hope can join us!

About this project

When complete in fall 2018, the estimated $7.5 million Hwy 371B/South Sixth Street project will:

  • Reconstruct and redesign the road, 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 street safety lights

Upcoming impacts

  • Preparation work begins this fall, which includes some single lane closures.
  • Construction and detours begin early-spring 2018.
  • Access to businesses and residences will be maintained and open.

The project is scheduled to be let Sept. 22, 2017, and completed by fall 2018.