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Road work ahead on Highway 61

Road work is under way now near the Beaver Bay bridge
Road work is under way now near the Beaver Bay bridge

Road construction is under way in Highway 61 between Silver Bay and Beaver Bay, near the Beaver Bay bridge. Motorists will encounter single lane closures and a temporary traffic signal. It is anticipated that the work there will be done by late June, depending on weather conditions. 

More scheduled improvements  begin Monday, June 11 on Highway 61 in Two Harbors. Motorists will again encounter single lane closures in each direction controlled by flagging operations or a temporary signal. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place.

Work will occur just north of the town of Two Harbors and just south of the Silver Creek Tunnel, as six large culverts and several small culverts are replaced. Once the culvert work is done, MnDOT will be milling the road surface and repaving will follow.  Motorists should be prepared to stop are asked to use caution when driving through the work area.

Work will be ongoing in that section until the end of July. 

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportaion, benefits of the project include additional left turn lanes to improve traffic flow, improved signal functionality, and a smoother pavement surface.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit

Photo by Rhonda Silence, WTIP