- Jim Hallgren
District 3 Baxter
- Corridors of Commerce project - expand to four lanes, Nisswa to Jenkins with construction beginning in 2016
- Nisswa to Pine River in Crow Wing and Cass Counties (16 miles)
- 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
- Nisswa to Jenkins
Cost: $45 million
- Jenkins to Pine River
Construct: Beyond 2029
Cost: $46 million
Corridors of Commerce project
October 7, 2014 - MnDOT has 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 between Nisswa and Pine River in Crow Wing and Cass Counties. These improvements include the expansion of the existing two lane roadway to a four lane divided highway.
Various communities along the corridor are working with MnDOT to plan and develop final layouts for the future expansion.
In 2012- 2013, a access and safety improvement project was completed on Hwy 371 in Nisswa. The signalized intersection at Crow Wing CR 18 and Hwy 371 was realigned approximately one quarter mile south. The project is in partnership with MnDOT, Crow Wing County and the city of Nisswa.
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 an associated project, 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, crews resurface Hwy 371 from Upper Roy Lake Rd to Pine River. Also, pedestrian access improvements were installed from Ridge Avenue 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.