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Dec. 30, 2020

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MnDOT to clear trees along Hwy 1 beginning next week

Duluth, Minn. – Beginning the week of Jan. 4, MnDOT maintenance crews will be clearing trees and brush at select locations along Highway 1 from eight miles south of Ely to Isabella. Trees being cleared are on state right of way or U.S. Forest Service land, not private property. Motorists may encounter single lane closures and short traffic delays during clearing operations.

Clearing trees along the highway is for safety and maintenance purposes. Clearing trees immediately adjacent to the highway increases motorist safety by decreasing the chance of vehicles colliding with trees in the event of a roadway departure. Clearing also provides better visibility of highway signs and reduced shading of the roadway, which helps reduce winter icing of the highway. MnDOT acknowledges the scenic and historical characteristics of the highways and will thus limit clearing in the select locations to within 20 feet or less from the edge of the paved highway.