Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 97 Left Turn Addition

Forest Lake

About this project

I-35E Cayuga improvement project location map
Hwy 97 Project Location
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Convert an eastbound bypass lane on Hwy 97 into a dedicated left turn lane. The left turn lane addition will allow motorists a safer option when traveling eastbound on Hwy 97 to northbound 11th St.

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

Potential Delay

This project is part of a "Fixing America's Surface Transporation Act" from 2015 that provided Minnesota with additional funds to spend on highway projects.

Before project work can begin, MnDOT is required by statute to have authorization from the state legislature before it can spend the extra funds. That authorization has not gone through as of January 2017. Therefore this project may be delayed.

For complete details about the FAST Act and this delay, you may view the notification.

Summary of work

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

Traffic Impacts


  • Lane closures with traffic shifts
  • Possible flagging in work zone