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Top MnDOT project: $27 million for Highway 53 near Cook

A $27 million expansion of a section of U.S. Highway 53 near Cook to four lanes leads the list of state highway projects announced today for the northeastern district of the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

A $27 million expansion of a section of U.S. Highway 53 near Cook to four lanes leads the list of state highway projects announced today for the northeastern district of the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

In all, the district will undertake just over $70 million in construction: $52.7 in new projects and $17.3 million in funding carried over from 2006.

"We're going to be doing a lot of work this summer -- more than 100 miles of road," District 1 spokesman John Bray said.

But the backlog of needed work is growing, Bray said.

"We do what we are able to do with the funding provided us," he said.

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This summer's District 1 projects include:

1. Location: Highway 53 (St. Louis County)

Description: 4-lane expansion, DWP railroad bridge to 4.1 miles south of Cook

Construction costs: $27 million

Traffic impacts: Daytime single-lane closure under flagger control for entire project.

2. Location: Highway 35 (Pine County)

Description: Chisago/Pine County line to Hinckley

Completion date: November

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Construction costs: $13 million

Traffic impacts: Single-lane traffic. Short-term bypass.

3. Location: Highway 169 (Itasca County)

Description: Bovey bypass four-lane expansion

Completion date: July 2008

Construction costs: $13.1 million

Traffic impacts: Daytime single-lane closure for entire project.

4. Location: Interstates 35, 535 and U.S. Highway 53 (St. Louis County) in Duluth

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Description: Bridge rail replacement, safety improvements, concrete pavement repairs

Completion date: November

Construction costs: $6.5 million

Traffic impacts: Detour

5. Location: Highway 1 (Lake County) from New Tomahawk Road to Lake County Hwy 2.

Description: Kawishiwi River bridge replacement

Completion date: October

Construction costs: $6.3 million

Traffic impacts: Daytime single lane closure for entire project. Detour for short time periods. Bridge constructed with bypass, single lane stop and go.

6. Location: Hwy 61 (Lake County) near Silver Bay

Description: Reconstruction

Completion date: November

Construction costs: $6 million

Traffic impacts: Traffic bypassed adjacent to work zone

7. Location: Hwy 53 (St. Louis County) in Duluth at Trinity Road

Description: Reconstruction

Completion date: October

Construction costs: $5.7 million

Traffic impacts: Traffic bypassed adjacent to work zone

8. Location: Hwy 169 (Itasca County), Pokegama Causeway Bridge

Description: Bridge construction with bypass

Completion date: July

Construction costs: $5.5 million

Traffic impacts: Daytime single lane closure for entire project.

9. Location: Hwy 35 (Carlton and St. Louis counties) from Mahtowa to Highway 210 and Thompson Hill in Duluth.

Description: Mill and overlay, Concrete repair

Completion date: September.

Construction costs: $5.2 million

Traffic impacts: Daytime and over night lane closures

10. Location: Highhways 18, 23, 48, 70, 123 (Pine County)

Description: Culvert replacement, bituminous mill and overlay

Completion date: November

Construction costs: $5 million

Traffic impacts: Single-lane traffic with flaggers.

11. Location: U.S. Highway 2 (Itasca County)

Description: Cohasset urban design and reconstruction.

Completion date: June

Construction costs: $3 million

Traffic impacts: Daytime single-lane closure for entire project.

12. Location: Highway 210 (Carlton County), Cromwell to I-35

Description: Culvert replacement, bituminous mill and overlay

Construction costs: $2,500,000

Traffic impacts: Single lane traffic with flaggers and pilot car

13. Location: Highway 61 (St. Louis and Lake Counties), London Road in Duluth, Two Harbors

Description: Mill and overlay

Completion dates: July 2006 to Oct. 2006

Construction costs: $1.5 million

Traffic impacts: Detour on London Road. Lane closures in Two Harbors.

14. Location: Various highways across the district

Description: Crack Sealing

Completion date: September

Construction costs: $1 million

Traffic impacts: Daytime single lane closure for entire project.

15. Location: Various highways across the district

Description: Culvert replacement

Construction dates: September.

Construction costs: $1 million

Traffic impacts: Occasional shoulder closures

16 Location: Highway 2 (Itasca County) at Prairie River Bridge, etc.

Description: Bridge Replacement

Completion date: July

Construction costs: $838,600

Traffic impacts: Daytime single lane closure under flagger control

17. Location: Highways 1, 135, 169 (St. Louis County)

Description: Turnlanes and culvert replacements

Completion dates: August

Construction costs: $700,000

Traffic impacts: Daytime single-lane closure under flagger control for entire project. Bridge con-structed with bypass.

18. Location: Highway 61 interstates 35 and 535 (St. Louis and Lake Counties), North Shore to Duluth

Description: Tunnel alarms

Completion dates: November

Construction costs: $523,000

Traffic impacts: Daytime lane closures

19. Location: Highway 70 (Pine County), near Rock Creek

Description: Bridge and culvert replacement

Completion date: September

Construction costs: $425,000

Traffic impacts: Detour

20. Location: Highway 35 (St. Louis County) Scanlon to Boundary Avenue

Description: Sign replacement

Completion date: October.

Construction costs: $350,000

Traffic impacts: Daytime lane closures

21. Location: Highway 38 (Itasca County) North of Grand Rapids

Description: Landscaping

Completion date: Fall

Construction costs: $172,000

Traffic impacts: None

22. Location: Interstate 535 (St. Louis County), Blatnik Bridge

Description: Deck seal

Construction costs: $100,000

Traffic impacts: Daytime lane closures

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