Minnesota Department of Transportation

Construction Begins on Highway 53, to be Completed October

Drivers should expect road closures and closing of a rest stop south of Eveleth.

EVELETH, Minn.- On Monday construction work began on Highway 53 just south of Eveleth. According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, motorists traveling on Highway 53 will encounter temporary lane closures beginning Monday as a major resurfacing and bridge repair project begins. The Anchor Lake Rest Area will also close. During the closure accessibility improvements will be made. The rest…

MnDOT Updates on Mission Creek Burial Ground Restoration

Weather only a small hindrance so far.

DULUTH, Minn.- Minnesota Department of Transportation shared an update on its efforts to restore an unearthed Native American Burial site in the Fond Du Lac neighborhood. MnDOT held another community meeting on Wednesday. Transportation officials say after nearly two years of the accidental unearthing by MnDOT. Crews are continuing their sensitive work which has been slowed a bit with the…

MnDOT Says Prepare for Dangerous Roads

Extreme Cold Will Freeze, Making Driving Treacherous for New Years Eve

DULUTH, Minn.- On top of not driving under the influence, the freezing temperatures on the way spell double trouble for drivers late tonight. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has had their hands full with the new snow already, and officials said the extreme cold will make their job even harder. “The chemicals don’t work as well when it’s this cold, so…

Beefing Up Blatnik

UMD Civil Engineering Students Help Work on Blatnik Bridge

Duluth, Minn.-Some Civil Engineering students from University of Minnesota Duluth got up close and personal with the Blatnik Bridge. Students teamed up with the Minnesota department of transportation and WSP consulting company to attach and test sensors on the underbelly of the bridge. The sensors will be used for a load test which measures how weight of heavy truck loads…

Brace Yourself For Traffic Congestion and Street Closures

Traffic from Canal Park and Park Point will use Lake Avenue instead of 5th Avenue West like many have done in the past.

DULUTH, Minn. – With nearly 19,000 runners and thousands of spectators, traffic congestion and street closures will test the patience of some. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) tells us I–35 north in Duluth usually has the most congestion marathon weekend, especially at the end of the work day from 4 – 6 p.m. “If you’re local and you’re not planning to participate in the marathon…

Construction Begins for New Roundabout

The major goal is to cut down traffic incidents but some locals remain concerned.

CLOQUET, Minn.- Big changes are now underway at the intersection of I-35 and Highway 33 in Cloquet, an intersection that has seen many serious car accidents and fatalities in recent years. Construction of a roundabout to replace the intersection began on Monday.  The major goal is to cut down traffic incidents but some locals remain concerned. Studies show roundabouts decrease…

Update on Can of Worms Construction Plans

The Department of Minnesota says the project aims to fix the current visibility problems.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced new updates for Duluth’s Can of Worms formally known as the Twin Ports Interchange. Right now the interchange is a visibility concern. Monday officials proposed more options, such as relocating the northbound Highway 53 ramp from 20th Avenue West to 21st Avenue West. Officials say other ideas include entirely different interchange designs…

Northland State Employees Take Tribal Relations Training

In the future UMD wants to visit Red Lake and Grand Portage for more training.

Two thousand Northland employees are better equipped to handle tribal relations after taking a special training course. In just a day and a half state employees from more than 20 agencies learned about building better relationships with Native Americans and the tribal government. The training is a collaboration between the University of Minnesota Duluth Continuing Education, Department of American Indian…

Plow Drivers Power Through To Clear the Snow

Operators plowed the shoulders in preparation for additional snow

DULUTH, Minn. – It was another busy day for plow drivers still cleaning up from this week’s snow storm. The biggest snowfall so far this season had trucks clearing 99 routes throughout the eight county district. The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) crews applied a sand and salt mixture to try to keep the roads from getting too slippery. In Duluth the lake effect…