Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Highway 97

Forest Lake

MnDOT is proposing improvements to a section of Hwy 97 between I-35 in Columbus and Hwy 61 in Forest Lake. The project plans include reconstruction of Hwy 97, adding turn lanes, constructing a roundabout, a paved trail and other drainage and accessibility improvements. MnDOT is soliciting comments on the effects this project would have on the Lamprey Pass WMA. Comments must be submitted on or before Thu, June 6, 2024. For more information, visit the public notice webpage.

About this project

Highway 97 in Forest Lake project area map.

Hwy 97 in Forest Lake project location map.

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Starting in 2025, Hwy 97 between I-35 and Hwy 61 in Forest Lake will undergo a pavement reconstruction project. As part of the work, various safety and pedestrian improvements are being considered including raised median islands, a multi-use trail and other pedestrian improvements. The proposed trail along the south side of Hwy 97 would provide a safer place for pedestrians and bicyclists and also provide access to Hardwood Creek Trail.

Proposed summary of work

  • Reconstruct roadway
  • Construct a single-lane roundabout
  • Construct multi-use trail
  • Add raised median
  • Upgrade pedestrian accessibility
  • Repair/replace drainage

Traffic impacts

All traffic impacts are tentative and weather dependent.


Information about upcoming traffic impacts will be posted as details become available.