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Flute Reed River Bridge Replacement

Jun 28, 2023 11:29AM ● By Editor

June 27, 2023 – The Cook County Highway Department is excited to announce the upcoming Flute Reed River Bridge Replacement project. This vital construction initiative aims to enhance the safety and accessibility of our community. We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this process.

Important Dates:

· Construction Start Date: July 5, 2023

· Detour Start Date: July 10, 2023

· Project Completion: Mid-October 2023


Approximately 0.5 miles west of the intersection of CR 69/North Road and CSAH 16/Arrowhead Trail.

Road Closure:

Please note that North Road will be closed at the bridge crossing location beginning July 10, 2023.

Plan alternative routes accordingly.

For Inquiries, Contact:

· Scott Benolken

· P: 218-370-9204

· E: [email protected]

Project Details:

· The existing 3-span bridge will be replaced with a single span bridge.

· The Highway team will ensure minimal inconvenience to residents and commuters. They will do their best to maintain efficient traffic flow and provide clear signage for detours, if necessary.

Your Cooperation Matters:

The Highway team appreciates your understanding and cooperation as they work to improve the community's infrastructure.


About Cook County, MN 

Cook County encompasses the sovereign nation of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa; the City of Grand Marais; the Townships of Lutsen, Tofte and Schroeder; and unincorporated areas in the easternmost part of Minnesota’s North Shore. Cook County Government values transparency and strives to deliver superior services and programs in a fiscally responsible way. We value the dignity of all County residents and seek to create a community that provides opportunity for all. Many of our offices are in the Cook County Courthouse at 411 W 2nd St, Grand Marais 55604. Other departments and facilities, such as the Airport, Community Center, Highway and Sheriff are located nearby. Call 218-387-3000 or visit:  




Todd Ford, Cook County Public Information Coordinator, [email protected], 218-387-3605