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Highway 61 reconstruction press release

Jun 26, 2018 04:55PM ● By Editor

In the summer of 2019, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) will begin reconstruction of Highway 61 through Grand Marais from 1.8 miles north of Cutface Creek to 0.1 miles south of County Road 14, to resurface, improve accessibility and replace box culverts. The City of Grand Marais, residents, and other local organizations are working to make sure the Highway 61 project in Grand Marais is a success for our community. This work will continue through the construction period and beyond.

As the project approaches, the City is examining how to lessen the impact on businesses, residents, and visitors during construction. To better understand how to do this, representatives from the City and the local Highway 61 Steering Committee are talking with businesses in the Highway 61 corridor about what can be done to help. In addition, we are learning from other communities how to maintain business traffic, preserve pedestrian connections, and minimize disruptions during construction. These efforts include observing the 2018 Highway 61 project through Two Harbors.

Those interested in project updates or input opportunities can sign up for the local project email list at or notify City Hall at [email protected] or 218-387-1848. General updates will also be posted on the MnDOT project webpage:
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