- Jim Hallgren
District 3 Baxter
- Corridors of Commerce project - expand to four lanes, Nisswa to Jenkins with construction beginning in 2016
- Nisswa, Nisswa to Jenkins, Jenkins to Pine River
- Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Jenkins, Pine River
- Expand to a four lane highway for improved safety, mobility and capacity
Schedule & Costs
- Crow Wing CR 18 in Nisswa
Reconstruct in 2013-2014
- Nisswa to Jenkins
Cost: $58 million
- Jenkins to Pine River
Expand Hwy 371 to four lanes - Nisswa to Jenkins, includes Pequot Lakes
On Oct. 7, 2014, MnDOT selected $70 million in Corridors of Commerce projects for FY 2015. Twelve projects will be funded with $25 million from the 2014 state Legislature to prepare them for future construction. The other project is the $45 million expansion of Highway 371 to four lanes from Nisswa to Jenkins. See the governor's announcement.
About this project
Future safety and mobility improvements are being planned for Hwy 371 in Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Jenkins and Pine River. The improvements include the expansion of the two lane segments to four lanes with better access.
Communities along the corridor have been working with MnDOT to expand the highway to four lanes.
- In 2016-2017, Hwy 371 will be expanded to four lanes from Nisswa to Jenkins, including the north city limits of Nisswa:
- Four lanes of highway north of Nisswa Avenue, road and trail connections, Cullen brook bridges
In 2013-2014, Hwy 371 was reconstructed in Nisswa including:
- Four lanes of highway, signalized intersection at CR 18, pedestrian tunnel, city improvements, road connections and a roundabout
- In 2016-2017, Hwy 371 will be expanded to four lanes from Nisswa to Jenkins, including through Pequot Lakes
- Four lanes of realigned highway east of downtown, access road connections, CR 11 interchange with roundabout ramps and a Paul Bunyan Trail bridge
- Map layout
- In spring
of 2006, the Pequot Lakes City Council requested that MnDOT give
consideration to accepting the four lane expansion bypass option as the new preferred alternative. MnDOT has been working together
with the city to examine the effects of this change. A joint committee comprised of members of the City Council and the Pequot Lakes Planning and Zoning Commission have met, evaluated and refined the details of a bypass alignment. In September 2007, a Hwy 371 Alternate Route Study Group Report was published with the committees findings.
- In 2016-2017, Hwy 371 will be expanded to four lanes from Nisswa to Jenkins, including one mile in Jenkins.
- Four lanes of highway, upgraded signal and intersection at CR 16, and access road connections.
- Construction of a temporary signal at Crow Wing County Road 16 was completed in 2008. Public input regarding future access points to the new industrial park and service road continues.
In 2012, Hwy 371 was resurfaced from Upper Roy Lake Rd to Pine River. Also, pedestrian access improvements were installed from Ridge Ave to Jefferson Ave on the east side of Hwy 371 in Pine River and new curb and gutter from Norway Ave to Jefferson Ave on the west side. Right turn lanes were also installed at the signalized intersection.
- In 2011, relocation and rehabilitation of the historic Pine River Depot was completed in preparation for the future reconstruction. MnDOT, Cass county, city of Pine River and the Heritage Group North partnered on this project.