Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 61

White Bear Lake

Traffic impacts

Hwy 61 in White Bear Lake project map
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The majority of work is likely to result in significant delays. Expect temporary lane closures and detours as work is completed within each segment of the roadway. No two adjacent intersections will be closed simultaneously.

All local businesses and residences will remain accessible throughout the project.

Lane closures


  • The following streets will be closed where they intersect with Hwy 61 through the end of the project:
    • Whitaker Street
    • Shady Lane
    • 1st Street
    • 3rd Street
    • 8th Street
    • 10th Street


  • Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction with flaggers through fall 2014.
  • Head-to-head traffic in some areas of the work zone through fall 2014.

Pedestrian/bicyclist closures

  • Intermittent sidewalk closures

About this project

This project, scheduled for summer 2014, will resurface a 1.9 mile segment of Hwy 61 in need of repair.

Summary of work

  • Resurface existing pavement
  • Install lighting at major intersections along the road
  • Update pedestrian crossings to meet modern accessibility standards
  • Construct a trail from Lake Avenue North to Veteran’s Park
  • Widen center median to accommodate landscaping
  • Replace storm drains and other infrastructure
  • Upgrade traffic and railway signals


  • $5.3 million