Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 371 four lane expansion

Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Jenkins

Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Jenkins


  • Plans to shift Hwy 371 traffic onto new segment - If all goes as planned, the existing lanes of Highway 371 will shift onto the newly constructed lanes (future southbound) between West Twin Lake Drive and Evergreen Lane in south Pequot Lakes on Tuesday evening, Aug. 30.

Highway 371

  • Open to traffic with shoulder closures
  • Temporary traffic signal at Hwy 371/Derksen Rd in Pequot Lakes
  • Be alert to slow moving equipment entering or exiting areas, including recreational vehicles---RV's, trailers, campers
  • Map of 2016 work to be completed
  • Summary of work

Paul Bunyan Trail

Open to trail users with some temporary reroutes, follow signs

Hwy 371 trail bridge construction.
Construction of the future Paul Bunyan Trail bridge to span Highway 371 in Pequot Lakes. See more photos

Local Detours

Pequot Lakes

  • CR 11 detoured in Pequot Lakes until Fall 2016
    • Temporary traffic signal at Hwy 371/Derksen Rd
    • Royce St access closed at Hwy 371. Use Pillsbury St
  • CR 112 closed south of Akerson Rd. Use detour
  • Wilderness Rd closed at Hwy 371 until Sept. Use CR 107
  • Evergreen Pt closed at CR 107. Use Hwy 371


  • Myers Road closed at the Hwy 371/CR 16 intersection. Use 9th Ave SW and CR 17


  • Lower Cullen Rd closed at Hwy 371. Use Roy Lake Rd
  • Nisswa Ave closed east of Hwy 371. Use CR 18 and Smiley Rd

Lakes Area is Open for Business

  • Access to businesses are maintained and open
Concrete pouring at future CR 11 interchange in Pequot Lakes.
Concrete pouring at the future CR 11 interchange in Pequot Lakes. Photo by Randy Shoen, Mathiowetz

Summary of work

Highway 371 will be expanded from two lanes to four lanes from Nisswa to Jenkins, includes Pequot Lakes (nine miles) in 2016-2017.

Project map - click for pdf version
Expand Highway 371 to four lanes from north of CR 18 in Nisswa to north of CR 16 in Jenkins, includes new alignment in Pequot Lakes. Get map


  • Construct four lanes of roadway, improve accesses and install a new Cullen Brook bridge (box culvert) in north Nisswa

Pequot Lakes

  • Construct a new four-lane Pequot Lakes realignment with easy access points to city roads and businesses
    • New CR 11 interchange with roundabouts
    • New road connections at CR 168/107 and CR 112 use safer Reduced Conflict Intersections (RCI)
    • Realigned Paul Bunyan Trail, includes new bridge over Hwy 371 in south Pequot Lakes


  • Construct four lanes of roadway, safer connections, new signalized intersection at CR 16/Meyers Rd, and realign the Paul Bunyan Trail

Paul Bunyan Trail

  • Realign the Paul Bunyan Trail between Nisswa and Pequot Lakes and in Jenkins. Install a new trail bridge over Hwy 371 in Pequot Lakes. Check the DNR website for current trail conditions.


Prime Contractor

  • Mathiowetz Construction was awarded the design-build contract on Nov. 30, 2015. News release


Construct new roadway, interchange and trail April 2016 - Fall 2016
Reconstruct old roadway and connect with new roadway, complete trail connections April 2017 - Fall 2017

Web pg: J Seelen