Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 61 resurfacing, intersection project

Lake County

Traffic impacts

A rendering of the Hwy 61 Two Harbors project.

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When this project begins motorists will encounter lane closures.

About this project

Summary of work

  • Resurface almost seven miles of pavement in both directions
  • Repair or replace culvert
  • Install new guardrail
  • Propose to construct a Reduced Conflict Intersection at the south junction of Hwy 61 and County Road 9.

What is a reduced conflict intersection?

A reduced conflict intersection prohibits left-turns and through-movements from side street approaches. Instead, drivers turn right onto the main road and then make a U-turn at a one-way median opening 400 ft. to 1,000 ft. after the intersection. Left turns from the main road approaches are similar to left turns at conventional intersections. See the RCI tab for more information. Please check out this website to view video clips about driving in a reduced conflict intersection.

Public virtual meeting

MnDOT hosted a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, to discuss the upcoming Hwy 61 project. For those unable to attend the live meeting, a recording is below.

Past meetings

A public open house was held for this project May 20, 2019 at the new Lake County Highway Department facility.