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June 9, 2023

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Grand Rapids roundabout project to impact Hwy 2 and Hwy 169 traffic

DULUTH, Minn. – Construction of a roundabout at River Road and SE 7th Avenue in Grand Rapids began June 5 and includes changes in traffic lanes on state highways. The roundabout is a joint project between Itasca County and the city of Grand Rapids, and traffic will be heavily impacted on Hwy 2 and Hwy 169 (Pokegama Avenue).

The intersection of River Road and Airport Road is closed and will remain closed the entire summer. Construction will include the replacement of water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer and the construction of a new roundabout. To accommodate increased traffic, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the city of Grand Rapids and Itasca County have made changes to the flow of traffic at the intersection of Hwy169 and Hwy 2. A detour route has been established on 8th Street SE, 10th Street SE and Hwy 169 South. Traffic Control changes have been made to the intersection of Hwy 169 (Pokegama Ave) and Hwy 2 to help improve traffic flow due to the detour. Additionally, a bypass road will be established on the northwest corner of River Road and Airport Road during the middle of the project to help alleviate congestion.