Northland drivers should anticipate a variety of short-term work zones on a number of different highways in the area over the next two weeks.  Crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation have embarked on a large-scale project to refresh the markings on highways throughout District 1 - the district that serves the Northland.

Drivers can expect lane closures and orange cones to allow for the paint project.  Some traffic impacts are anticipated, with delays.  In total, MNDOT will be refreshing the markings that signify lanes - including stop bars, crosswalks, and turn arrows. The agency anticipates that the work will be wrapped up by July 30.

While the work will be wide-spread throughout District 1, workers will primarily be focusing the highways around Duluth, Hermantown, Cloquet, Carlton, Two Harbors, and Virginia.  Specific highways mentioned in the collateral information released by the Minnesota Department of Transportation include Highways 23, 33, 53, 61, and 194.  It's worth noting that some of these highways already have work zones established on them and this paint refreshing project would be in addition to those.

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As with every work zone, drivers are urged to use caution and common sense.  The Minnesota Department of Transportation offers the following reminders in regards to work zone safety:

  • Stay alert
  • Watch for changing conditions
  • Slow down when approaching a work zone
  • Watch for workers and slow moving equipment
  • Obey the posted speed limits; fines increase for a work zone violation
  • Fine for a work zone violation is $300
  • Minimize distractions
  • Be patient
  • Expect delays - especially during peak travel times

For more details about this specific paint refreshing project, click here to visit the official website for the Minnesota Department of Transportation.  They also include details about all of the projects they coordinate throughout the state.

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