Northland drivers will encounter a variety of different pavement preservation projects over the next month and a half, as the Minnesota Department of Transportation carries out a mulit-highway work schedule.  The surface preservation - otherwise known as "chipsealing" - will start on Thursday, August 1.

According to reports released by MNDOT, drivers can anticipate work on the following Northand highways on the dates listed:

  • August 1 to August 7:Highway 169 near Pengilly from mile-marker 315 to 323
  • August 2 to August 6:  Highway 53 north of Virginia from mile-marker 70 to 82
  • August 1 to August 10:  Highway 2 near Cohasset from mile-marker 178 to 179
  • August 1 to August 10:  Highway 2 near Grand Rapids from mile-marker 184 to 185
  • August 6 to August 8:  Highway 38 near Grand Rapids from mile-marker 1 to 12

In order to facilitate the chipsealing work, traffic will be controlled by flaggers and pilot cars on the two-lane highways; on the four-lane highways, single lane closures will await drivers.  Temporary pavement markings will be used immediately after the pavement preservation project has been completed. Permanent pavement markings will be applied towards the end of August/early-September.

All of the work is expected to be done by mid-September.