Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 61 and Hwy 97 Reconstruction

Forest Lake

Traffic impacts

Hwy 61 and Hwy 97 map with future roundabouts
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A significant portion of the work will affect traffic and is likely to result in congestion. Expect temporary lane closures and detours as work is completed.


Traffic Shift

Thu, Aug. 11 to late-summer
July 5 through late-August
  • Both directions of Hwy 61 between the north intersection of Hwy 97/ Scandia Trail N and 202nd St. are shifted to the SB Hwy 61 lanes

    EB Hwy 97 Detour: 210th St. to Goodview Ave.

Lane Closure

Mar. 29 through late-August
  • Both directions of Hwy 61 between the north intersection of Hwy 97/Scandia Trl and 202nd St traffic are reduced to a single lane on the east side of the road

    Hwy 97 Detour:
    210th St. to Goodview Ave.

    • Note: NB Hwy 61 to EB Hwy 97 will be allowed until June 10. After that date, motorists will  also use the detour.

About this project

Hwy 61/Forest Lake Blvd N. between 210th St. and just north of Scandia Trail N. is a heavily traveled road in Forest Lake. This mile-long section of road runs directly in front of Forest Lake High School. MnDOT will be reconstructing the north and south intersections of this segment of highway to enhance traffic flow in the area.

Construction schedule

Spring and Summer 2016

2015 construction completed

  • Aligned and graded new northbound Hwy 61
  • Built portions of the south and north roundabouts
  • Set pedestrian bridge piers and land supports
  • Constructed temporary business access road
  • Built temporary crossover area
  • Resurfacing Forest Blvd

Summary of work

  • Remove signals and construct roundabouts
  • Construct a pedestrian bridge
  • Replace storm drains and other infrastructure
  • Improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities
  • Upgrade intersection lighting