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Highway 61 project to start after holiday

Just after the Memorial Day weekend, contractors and construction equipment will descend on the North Shore for Minnesota Department of Transportation's project aiming to improve traffic through Two Harbors.

The 4-mile, $3.6 million project will repave Highway 61 from Eighth Street in Two Harbors up to the Silver Creek Tunnel and replace the three traffic signals between Eighth and Fourth streets.

The goal of the project is to improve the flow of traffic through Two Harbors, particularly during high-volume times in the late summer and early fall.

The traffic signals will replace the oldest lights in MnDOT's District 1, which includes all of northeastern Minnesota.

The "rural" section, which starts just north of Two Harbors on Highway 61, will begin just after Memorial Day and will continue until the end of July. Motorists can expect someone flagging traffic or temporary signals, particularly where culvert work is being done, but one lane of traffic will remain open at all times.

Work at the intersection of highways 2 and 61 will begin July 30, where the intersection will be widened to make room for turn lanes in all directions.

The final phase of the project will begin just after Labor Day and continue through mid-October. Side streets and entrances may be closed for short durations, but MnDOT plans to maintain a single lane of traffic through town at all times.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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