Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Hwy 97 Left Turn Addition

Forest Lake

About this project

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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.

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