Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 97 Left Turn Addition

Forest Lake

Traffic impacts

I-35E Cayuga improvement project location map
Hwy 97 Project Location map. Click map for larger PDF version.


All major road construction is complete.

Construction crews will return to the project area for a couple weeks in spring 2018 to finish a few minor wrap-up items.

Thank you for your patience during this important construction project.

About this project

Convert an EB bypass lane on Hwy 97 into a dedicated left turn lane. The left turn lane addition allows motorists a safer option when traveling EB on Hwy 97 to NB 11th St.

Removing left turning vehicles from through traffic lane provides a place to wait and yield to oncoming traffic. The project improves safety by reducing the potential for future rear-ends crashes.

Summary of work

  • Reconstruct existing bypass lane shoulder
  • Widening for a new shoulder
  • Resurface existing pavement
  • Upgrade drainage