Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 61 reconstruction project

In Cook County

Traffic impacts

A rendering of the Hwy 61 Grand Marais project.

A rendering of the Hwy 61 Grand Marais project.

  • Work between Broadway Avenue and the Gunflint Trail continues with sidewalk paving, final grading, and street paving. Major construction activity will begin wrapping up in early October.
  • Flagging and pilot cars will be used for paving operations as needed.
  • All truck traffic will be detoured using County Highway 7 until mid-October.

About this project

MnDOT Project Engineer Ed Welch and Resident Engineer Andrew Deming sat down with Grand Marais Communications Director Patrick Knight and Grand Marais Mayor Jay Arrowsmith-DeCoux to discuss the Grand Marais project. View the interviews below.

Project animation

See a project animation.

Construction staging

Map showing the project staging in 2020 from mid-May through October. Motorists may encounter a short detour, and single lane traffic.

Map showing the project staging in 2020 from mid-May through October. Motorists may encounter a short detour, a longer detour and single lane traffic.

Map showing the project staging in 2020 from mid-May through October. Motorists may encounter a detour and single lane traffic.

Summary of work

  • Reconstruct and resurface Hwy 61 through Grand Marais, improve accessibility, replace box culverts

This map shows the entire project area. The project will reconstruct and resurface Hwy 61 through Grand Marais, improve accessibility, replace box culverts