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Updated Sept. 10, 2012



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Hwy 18 along north shore of Mille Lacs Lake closing Sept. 10


BAXTER, Minn. — Motorists travelling along the north shore of Mille Lacs Lake will encounter a detour as Highway 18 becomes impassable at Seastade Creek, 5.5 miles west of Malmo, beginning Sept. 10.


Highway 18 will close to through traffic between Highway 169 and Highway 47 beginning Sept. 10.


A 24-mile signed detour will direct motorists along Highway 169, Aitkin County Road 28, Aitkin County Road 12 and Highway 47. All local businesses and residences will remain accessible throughout the project. To view a map of the detour, visit


Highway 18 is scheduled to reopen by Sept. 29, weather permitting.


The closure is needed as crews replace the Highway 18 bridge spanning Seastade Creek.


Motorists are advised to map out their travel routes in advance.


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