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News Release
July 1, 2010

Workzone at night

Highway 65 detour Mora to Woodland begins July 12
Road resurfacing project gets underway

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Motorists will encounter a detour beginning Monday, July 12, when a Highway 65 resurfacing improvement project begins, extending from the northern city limits of Mora at Mora Lake to Highway 27 in Woodland (17 miles).

Work on this project will require road closures and a planned two-stage detour.

  • Stage I Detour: July 12 - August

    Highway 65 will be closed to through traffic from Woodland to just north of Mora. Traffic will be detoured via Kanabec County Road 6/East Maple Avenue in Mora, to Highway 47 and Highway 27. Motorists may encounter parking restrictions in Mora. Map

  • Stage II Detour: September

    Highway 65 will be closed to through traffic from Woodland to southwest Kanabec County Road 3. Traffic will be detoured via southwest Kanabec County Road 3, Highway 47 and Highway 27. Map

  • Truck Route: July 12 - September

    Semi trailer drivers traveling through the area are asked to use Highway 23, Highway 47 and Highway 27 for the duration of this project.

Local access will be maintained to businesses, resorts, residents and public boat landings. Motorists traveling in the work area are asked to drive with extra caution and watch for any workers directing traffic.

This road resurfacing project is using a construction process called Stabilized Reclamation. Crews will grind and mix the current pavement surface with gravel and add a stabilizing agent to strengthen the recycled (reclaimed) pavement materials. A new, thin layer of black top will then be paved over the reclaimed surface.

Reclamation saves money by reusing the roadway materials versus milling off the old pavement surface and replacing it with a brand new, thicker layer of bituminous.

When the project is complete, motorists will experience a smoother ride surface and a safer highway.

Hardrives Inc. of Rogers is the prime contractor for the $7.2 million project which is to be completed by September 18, 2010, weather permitting.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation urges motorists to slow down, pay attention and watch for workers while following the detours or traveling near the construction zone-for your safety and ours.

Detour map (close-up of Mora on page 2)

Project brochure


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