Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Hwy 371—east of Gull Lake, Brainerd

Gull Lake Dam Rd. to Green Gables Rd., Crow Wing County

New J-turns open

Note visitors: As you exit BIR, immediately jump into the J-turn before Landmark Dr. to continue south on Hwy 371 towards Brainerd. Select image to enlarge

Brainerd International Raceway visitors

Welcome back—Please be aware of access changes and new J-turns on Hwy 371 from Gull Lake Dam Rd. to Green Gables Rd.

Large trucks and trailers

Drivers leaving the BIR/Birchdale Rd. should use either B or C, as illustrated. All other turns will not accommodate your rigs.

We know the new design will be an adjustment, but when used correctly, J-turns are proven safer than traditional four-lane divided highways, such as Hwy 371. Learn more about the benefits of J-turns.

Wrap-up project

Through June

Crews will return to complete work and motorists may encounter periodic lane closures and minor delays as crews pave the west frontage road, establish turf and complete any other remaining tasks along Hwy 371.

All open

  • 2022 mainline work is complete and all lanes and accesses are open. Crews have installed new J-turn accesses, paved work areas, extended east/west frontage roads, and updated drainage.

About this project

MnDOT reconstructed and improved access and safety along this busy stretch of Hwy 371 from south of Gull Lake Dam Rd. to north of Green Gables Rd., east of Gull Lake, Brainerd.

Summary of work

Project location map
Improve access on Hwy 371 from Gull Lake Dam Rd. and Green Gables Rd.
  • Constructed three new J-turns, also known as reduced conflict intersections, at:
    • Gull Lake Dam Rd. (Co. Rd. 125)
    • Birchdale Rd. (Brainerd International Raceway entrance)
    • Green Gables Rd. (Co. Rd. 126)
  • Resurfaced work areas with new asphalt, includes shoulders, turn-lanes and adjacent connections
  • Replaced underground pipes and repaired ditch drainage
  • Extended and reconstructed the east frontage road to connect Birchdale Rd. and Gull Lake Dam Rd.
  • Extended and reconstructed the west frontage road to connect Gull Lake Dam Rd. to north of Susanville Dr. NW (old drive-in movie entrance)