Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

Aug. 31, 2017

Emergency closure on Hwy 61 near Taconite Harbor

DULUTH, Minn. — Motorists travelling on Highway 61 in the area of Taconite Harbor near Schroeder will encounter an emergency closure.

The inactive railroad bridge located at Taconite Harbor was struck at approximately 1 p.m. today. Due to the instability of the bridge and a concern for public safety, Hwy 61 is being detoured until the bridge can be removed. Contractors are assessing what will be necessary to remove the bridge and will implement a plan as soon as possible.

MnDOT maintenance crews will be flagging traffic past the bridge until a detour can be established later this evening. Once in place the detour will carry traffic for about 27 miles.

The detour will utilize Cook County Road 1, Lake County Road 7, Lake County Road 8 and Minnesota Hwy 1.

Motorists please use caution and be advised the majority of the detour will be on a gravel driving surface.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.