Road construction is expected to begin Tuesday on Morris Thomas Road, said St. Louis County in a news release last week.
The project is a twin safety and road improvement project that will restore 4.6 miles of pavement leading up to Haines Road, and includes realignment of the Morris Thomas intersection with U.S. Highway 2 in Hermantown, in the vicinity of the Adolph commercial center. A left-turn lane will be added on Highway 2 at the intersection.
The project will also replace the Keene Creek bridge and multiple culverts.
Initial work and road closure will be in the area between Highway 2 and Ugstad Road. The road closure and work will progress east toward Haines Road.
Portions of Morris Thomas Road will be closed to through-traffic throughout the project, with clearly marked detours, the county said.
Highway 2 will remain open for the duration of the project, though motorists are reminded to slow down and use caution anytime traveling through or near a work zone.
Northland Constructors, of Duluth, is the contractor on the project. Work is expected to be finished by this fall.