Current status: Clear zone work complete. MnDOT is conducting a study with the University of Minnesota ahead of selective logging.
Hwy 34 tree work
There are/were two separate projects planned on Highway 34 to address tree maintenance along the corridor:
Clear zone tree removals (COMPLETE): In preparation for the project, MnDOT removed trees from within the clear zone (approx. 65 feet from centerline) on both sides of the road. This work was performed for safety purposes and highway right of way maintenance. Tree removals varied throughout the corridor. Clear zone tree work was completed in March 2023.
Selective Logging: In the fall/winter of 2024-25, MnDOT will perform selective logging within the state highway right of way on the south side of Highway 34 from west of Snellman to the Shell River (approx. 7 miles). Selective logging will help reduce shading on the roadway to help reduce chloride (salt) use during winter months and improve highway safety. All work will take place in the state highway right of way, and 50 percent of trees will remain out to 100 feet.
MnDOT is currently conducting a study with the University of Minnesota to gather additional data on sunlight and pavement temperature, and to help ensure that we are only removing trees that are necessary to improve safety.
- Learn more about MnDOT's Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management Plan.
- Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more background information on the tree removal work.