Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 10/Hwy 59 & Frontage Road Reconstruction

West side of Detroit Lakes

Project status

I-494 Ramp Closures
Detroit Lakes project area map. Click for a larger version.

Motorists on Highway 10 and Highway 59 and in Detroit Lakes are encountering traffic shifts using temporary bypasses. Both highways remain open, but Highway 10 has a single lane in each direction.

Access to businesses located on adjacent frontage roads will change throughout the project. Motorists should expect delays and backups Friday through Sunday.

Email updates

Regular email updates will be provided throughout the construction season. To sign up, please click here.

The updates will also be available on the Weekly Updates section of the website.

Latest designs

Final detailed layout (4 MB PDF)

Project background

It is based on a transportation study completed in 2011 by MnDOT, Becker County and the city of Detroit Lakes, in which several concepts for improved traffic flow were developed. This project is a combination of reconstructing and expanding the existing frontage road systems, managing access points and constructing an underpass below Hwy 59 at Main Street and Morrow Avenue. The project will involve MnDOT and the city of Detroit Lakes.


WE Fest traffic information

People traveling to/from WE Fest on Highway 10 should be prepared for delays due to construction and heavy traffic volumes.  Highway 10 will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Highway 59 and the airport on the far west side of Detroit Lakes.

Motorists should:

  • expect delays
  • be patient
  • prepare for sudden stops
  • consider alternate routes (such as I-94 to Hwy 34 between Barnesville and Dunvilla/Hwy 59)
  • avoid travelling during peak times (stagger arrival/departure times to the extent possible).

For WE Fest attendees heading west toward Fargo-Moorhead on Sunday, we strongly discourage attempting to turn left onto Highway 10 from county roads. Traffic volumes will be very high, and it will be very difficult for vehicles to find a safe gap.

Motorists should also anticipate delays on Sunday in the following locations:

  • Southbound Highway 59 in Pelican Rapids (or at the I-94 on-ramp near Fergus Falls)
  • Eastbound Highway 10 from Bluffton to Wadena

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Accessibility and state highway projects

All MnDOT projects--both new construction and rehabilitation projects-- must include an evaluation to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Features included in this project

  • A new trail system alongside the frontage road includes ADA-compliant sidewalks, crosswalks and pedestrian ramps.