Northland Construction Season Underway

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More than $254 million will go to constructing parts of northeastern Minnesota.

Some of the projects include re–opening Hwy 210 through Jay Cooke State Park, resurfacing Hwy 53 from Haines Road to Midway Road as well as safety improvements in International Falls.

Construction on Grand Avenue will consist of improvements to the roads and sidewalks.

Bridges will be added for easier access to trials along with a dedicated entrance to the Lake Superior Zoo.

“So this will bring some money into us,” said Dawn Mackety with the Lake Superior Zoo. “We’re looking forward to being a part of the West Duluth and the St. Louis River corridor vision as an environmental education hub that will expand our programming. Also give us connectivity to the trails in the area.”

One hundred million dollars will be used to add new roadways and an 1,100 foot long bridge across the Rouchleau pit on Hwy 53.

During the construction season transportation officials are asking drivers to expect work zones to constantly change, do not enter blocked roadways and be attentive.

“We wanna make sure we reinforce the messages to the public that they need to pay attention when they’re driving through the work zones,” MnDot District Engineer Duane Hill said. “Stay off their phones and follow the speed limits.”

The bulk of work on the projects will kick off at the end of April.

Transportation officials say drivers should also plan for delays.

You can visit http://hb.511mn.org/#roadReports/layers=allReports,roadReports,winterDriving,weatherWarnings,otherStates to learn more about potential restrictions and detours.

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