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.
Fall 2014 work
- Timeline Aug. 25 - mid-October
- Eastbound passing lane near Becker Co. Rd. 25
- Safety modifications to the intersection of Hwy 34 and Becker Co. Rd. 29
Flaggers will allow one-way, alternating traffic through the work zone. Drivers must obey the flagger, be prepared to stop and follow the pilot car through the work zone. Motorists entering from driveways or roads that intersect with Highway 34 within a work zone must wait for the pilot car to pass, then follow it through the work zone.
Spring/Summer 2015 work
- The remaining six sections will be completed in 2015
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
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).
- $8 million