The Minnesota Department of Transportation released new updates and advisories with regards to the Highway 210 construction between Brainerd and Ironton Thursday, Aug. 15.
The main work zone has switched to construction in the area west of the Crow Wing County Landfill to Brainerd. The entire construction project, which runs from Brainerd to Ironton, will reconstruct 14 miles of road from the ground up, with a number of new features and amenities added to repair some subterranean infrastructure, as well as improve traffic efficiency and safety for about 12,000 vehicles a day.
The entire project remains an active construction zone however, so motorists should expect multiple crews working at different locations along Highway 210. If motorists must access a location within the construction area, they are asked to drive slowly and use caution, as heavy trucks are hauling materials in and out of work areas. Drivers are advised to expect rough surfaces and stopped traffic with pilot cars and flaggers.
For the safety of construction crews and motorists alike, travelers are asked to stop and obey flaggers directing traffic and follow the pilot car. Work zone fines are $300.
Through vs. local traffic
According to a news release, workers have recently seen an increase in through traffic navigating along the Highway 210 work zone. The extra traffic is creating a safety hazard and delaying construction work activities. Law enforcement will begin to be onsite enforcing motorists who are not local traffic to use the detour.
Local traffic is defined as those who live, work or need access to locations along the Highway 210 work area.
Detour through October
The road remains closed to through traffic between Brainerd and Ironton. Motorists are directed to use the detour along Highway 25 in Brainerd, Highway 18 to Highway 6 in Deerwood, then Highway 6/Highway 210 to Crosby-Ironton.
Access is open to the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport from Brainerd; motorists should follow signs and give themselves extra time.
Updates in the area
Highway 6 in north Crosby is opening Friday evening, Aug. 16. The road has been closed and detoured through Cuyuna since July 8 to install a new multi-use pedestrian tunnel beneath Highway 6. The trail and pedestrian tunnel will remain closed to all users until it is completed on Sept. 13.
Brainerd lakes area
Motorists should expect increased congestion on Brainerd lakes area roads Aug. 15-Aug. 18 as more than 100,000 visitors are expected to attend the 38th annual Lucas Oil National Hot Rod Association Nationals race at Brainerd International Raceway. Anyone traveling in the Brainerd/Baxter area should be patient, expect delays, consider staggering their travel times and watch for slow traffic on Highway 371.
Visit the Highway 210 Brainerd to Ironton project at mndot.gov/d3/projects/2019/h210.
Check current statewide traveler information at 511mn.org.