Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

News Release

July 11, 2018

South Sixth Street in Brainerd opens to local traffic from Willow Street to Joseph Street July 13

Work continues, detours remain in place

BAXTER, Minn. – The first new segment of Business Highway 371/South Sixth Street between Willow Street and Joseph Street will open to local residents and businesses by noon on Friday, July 13.
Signed detours will remain in place while crews complete the Business Highway 371 reconstruction project, and motorists and residents can expect the following:

  • Highway 371B/South Sixth Street remains closed from Willow Street to Oak Street. The signed detour directs motorists along Industrial Park Road, Crow Wing County Road 45/13th Street SE and Oak Street.
  • Expect periodic lane, access or sidewalk closures along the entire Highway 371B/South Sixth Street corridor between Highway 210/Washington Street and Joseph Street during the remainder of the project.
  • Trucks should follow the signed detour directing commercial vehicles along Industrial Park Road/County Road 117/Thiesse Road, Highway 25 and Highway 210. The turning radiuses are narrow on the local street detour; commercial vehicles should use the truck route whenever possible.
  • Access to businesses and residents will be maintained and open at all times. However, expect to find access changes and gravel surfaces when navigating through work areas.

When complete in mid-October 2018, the project will reconstruct and redesign the roadway, upgrade city underground utilities and infrastructure, improve pedestrian accessibility, upgrade signal systems and replace road signs throughout the corridor.

Railroad work in early-August
In conjunction with this project, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway is tentatively scheduled to replace the railroad crossing between Highway 210/Washington Street and Front Street in early-August. While the crossing is closed, the detour will use S 8th Street. More information to be released when known.

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org or dial 5-1-1.


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