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Highway 210 near Jay Cooke damaged by heavy rain

Gov. Mark Dayton filed an emergency executive order Friday for Minnesota Highway 210 near Jay Cooke State Park. Recent heavy rains have deteriorated the roadbed, and the governor's declaration paves the way for emergency federal funding to fix th...

State Highway 210 damage
Recent heavy rains have deteriorated the Highway 210 road bed. (Graphic by Gary Meader / gmeader@duluthnews.com)

Gov. Mark Dayton filed an emergency executive order Friday for Minnesota Highway 210 near Jay Cooke State Park.

Recent heavy rains have deteriorated the roadbed, and the governor's declaration paves the way for emergency federal funding to fix the road.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has been out shoring up the road. Most affected is a 9-mile stretch from Thompson through the state park and to Minnesota Highway 23. The road winds along the St. Louis River.

Mark Luschen, an assistant manager at Jay Cooke, said 10 inches of rain in eight days late in May caused part of the highway to fall away near Thompson, west of the park. Other parts of the road are buckled and were hit with landslides, Luschen said.

"It's been an interesting go-around," he said. Workers at the park have had to be creative in finding ways to work to avoid traffic delays caused by the deteriorating highway and regular highway construction in places like Interstate 35.

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Where the road gave way, drivers have to take turns as only one lane is open. The governor's declaration stated that the highway could eventually be closed for repairs.

"It'll get worse before it gets better," Luschen said, referring to a number of road construction projects planned for the area.

With I-35 construction creeping up from Cloquet, Highway 210 will be closed east of Carlton as work begins on a bridge that crosses the St. Louis River. A detour will be set up.

Today's statewide state park open house is expected to draw plenty of people to the already popular Jay Cooke, which has an archery program and family events this morning.

"They'll have to show a little patience," Luschen said of those taking the route into the park from the interstate.

To avoid the one-lane section of 210, drivers should get on the highway from Highway 23 east of the park.

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