Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 34 Passing Lane Project

Becker and Hubbard counties

Project details

Click on a highlighted area below for low-resolution detailed maps. Full-size PDF maps are available under Documents.
Map of Highway 34 in Becker County, Detroit Lakes to Osage, showing specific construction locations. Low resolution map of project area within Detroit Lakes Low resolution map of project area near Becker County Road 141 Low resolution map of project area near Height of Land Lake Low resolution map of project area Snellman Low resolution map of project area near Osage Low resolution map of project area near County Road 25
Map of Highway 34 in Hubbard County, Park Rapids to Akely, showing specific construction locations. Low resolution map of project area near Nevis Low resolution map of project area near Akeley

The Minnesota Department of Transportation plans to construct passing lanes and other safety improvements on Hwy 34 between Detroit Lakes and Akeley. This work is based on a 2003 Interregional Corridor Study.

The project is funded by the Corridors of Commerce program authorized by the state legislature to help improve freight movement and mobility. Safety enhancements are also included.

Project elements from west to east along Hwy 34

  • Additional left turn lanes at Becker County Road 141 and Becker County Road 25
  • One eastbound passing lane starting just after Becker County Road 25 and heading further east
  • Becker County Road 29 intersection consolidation to a safer design
  • Eastbound and westbound passing lanes starting at County Road 56 heading further east
  • One westbound passing lane starting just east of Snellman followed by an eastbound passing lane heading further east
  • Eastbound and westbound passing lanes starting east of Osage heading further east (includes space for possible future Heartland Trail on north side)
  • Westbound followed by eastbound passing lanes between Nevis and Akeley

Project impacts

  • Tentative construction is planned to start later in the summer of 2014 and continue into 2015.  Construction will be done under traffic (allowing traffic to pass)

Environment Assessment Worksheet

The comment period on the Draft Environmental Assessment Worksheet ran from Dec. 23, 2013 through Jan. 22, 2014. The document can be accessed by clicking here (28 MB PDF). The "Findings of Fact and Conclusions" for the EAW, including public comments and responses, can be access by clicking here (5 MB PDF).

Cost estimate

  • $8 to 10 million

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.

This project is located along rural stretches of roadway and does not include any ADA accomodations. However, the project will allow space for a possible Heartland Trail expansion from Park Rapids to Osage.