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Highway 210 meeting set for Tuesday

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will hold a meeting Tuesday to update the public on the state Highway 210 reconstruction project underway in Jay Cooke State Park.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will hold a meeting Tuesday to update the public on the state Highway 210 reconstruction project underway in Jay Cooke State Park.

Tuesday's meeting will be held from 5-7 p.m. at the Thomson Town Hall, 33 Dalles Ave. in Thomson.

A 2-mile-long section of Highway 210, linking the park to Minnesota Highway 23 in Duluth's Fond du Lac neighborhood, has been closed since June 2012 when it was severely damaged by historic flooding. Work on the $21.3 million project started in late May and is slated to be completed in October 2016.

The project includes pavement resurfacing and drainage improvements aimed at reducing the chance of future damage from mudslides and erosion.

MnDOT initially considered leaving the road closed permanently, given the high cost of rebuilding in the steep terrain. But public sentiment pushed the agency to move ahead with the reconstruction project.

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Highway 53 work

MnDOT crews will start work on highway resurfacing, and adding bypass, turn and passing lanes, on a portion of U.S. Highway 53 in northern St. Louis County on Monday.

The work will take place in various locations from County Road 540 near Cook to County Road 517 near Orr.

Drivers may encounter intermittent single-lane and shoulder closures in the work zone, with traffic controlled by flaggers. Delays should not exceed 15 minutes, MnDOT reported.

The work is slated to be completed in early September.

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