Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 27 — Osakis area

I-94 in Douglas County to Hwy 71 in Todd County

Improve road, bridges

Work begins May 2022

MnDOT will reconstruct and improve 14 miles of Hwy 27 between I-94 near Osakis and Hwy 71 south of Long Prairie in Douglas and Todd counties. Hwy 27 will detour for the full duration of this project.

Project location map
Improve Hwy 27 in Todd and Douglas counties in 2022. Click on map for pdf version


Project location map
The Lake Wobegon Trail bridge over Hwy 27 in Osakis was built by the railroad in 1939. Hwy 27 has a 14 foot height clearance at the bridge, which is below today's standards.

Summary of work

  • Reconstruct the road surface (full-depth reclaim) and widen shoulders from Douglas CR 82/Todd CR 51 to Hwy 71
  • Reconstruct three bridges over waterways near Osakis, includes the bridge over the Sauk River east of Todd CR 37
  • Reconstruct the Lake Wobegon Trail bridge over Hwy 27 in Osakis
  • Resurface the road and shoulders (mill and overlay) from Douglas CR 82/Todd CR 51 in Osakis and I-94
  • Improve access along corridor
  • Repair or replace drainage pipes

Future impacts

Hwy 27 will be a work zone between I-94 and Hwy 71. Expect lane closures, flaggers, workers and equipment. Project will requires road closures with signed detours:

  • Through traffic east of Osakis: Close to reconstruct road and bridges. Hwy 27 closed between Co. Rd. 51/ Co. Rd. 82 in Osakis and Hwy 71. Detour uses Hwy 71 to Todd Co. Rd. 2 to Co. Rd. 51 to Osakis Map, PDF or Google map
    • Round Prairie and Little Sauk: Intersection work at Hwy 27/Midway Rd/Hwy 71.
      • Hwy 27 access closed/detoured
      • Midway Rd. temporarily closed; use alternate route. Map, PDF
      • Hwy 71 open
    • Osakis: Hwy 27 intersection work at Co. Rd. 51/ Co. Rd. 82 (E Nokomis St.). Motorists to encounter a temporary signal at the intersection and will alternate one-way through intersection. Hwy 27 closed between Co. Rd. 51/ Co. Rd. 82 (E Nokomis St.) to Co. Rd. 3 (1st Ave. E). Hwy 27 detour uses Co. Rd. 82 (E Nokomis St.) and Co. Rd. 3 (1st Ave. E) Map, PDF