210 detour between Brainerd, Ironton begins Monday

Construction on Highway 210 between Brainerd and Ironton will begin Monday, July 8, leading to detours between the two cities. Drivers should plan for a longer commute. Map courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Transportation

Motorists driving between Brainerd and Ironton on Highway 210 should prepare for detours and delays beginning Monday, July 8, as construction is set to begin on that stretch of roadway.

A signed detour will direct drivers along Highway 25 in Brainerd, Highway 18 to Highway 6 in Deerwood, and then Highway 6/Highway 210 to Crosby-Ironton.

The detour includes a temporary mini roundabout at the east intersection of Highway 6 and Highway 210 in Deerwood. The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises drivers to slow down when approaching the roundabout. Motorists should also be alert for trains, as Highway 6 has a railroad crossing just south of the intersection with Highway 210. When a train comes through all traffic on highways 6 and 210 will come to a complete stop at the roundabout.

Living, working within project area

All through traffic must use the detour or seek another route.

Highway 210 access will be restricted to local residents and businesses; however, drivers should expect changes and gravel surfaces when navigating through the work area. Watch for slow or stopped traffic and single-lane closures with use of flaggers and a pilot car.


Some locations will close for several days to replace pipes below the road.

Always exit on/off Highway 210 at the nearest side road along the project.

Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport

Access to Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport from Highway 210 will be available through October. Drivers should give themselves extra time.

Crow Wing County Landfill

Access to the Crow Wing County Landfill from Highway 210 will be available through mid-August. Drivers should give themselves extra time.

The project

The Highway 210 project includes:

  • Reconstructing the road surfaces between Pine Shores Road in Brainerd and Seventh Avenue in Ironton using a full-depth reclamation process.

  • Repair or replace underground pipes.

  • Add left-turn lanes at county roads 25, 147 and 59.

  • Reconstruction of the Highway 210/County Road 12 intersection to improve sight distance and turning movements and extend turn lanes.

  • Add bypass lanes at the Mississippi Northwoods entrance and Sploezens Road.

Mainline work operations will begin between the Crow Wing County Landfill and Ironton, then move west of the landfill towards Brainerd.
For more information on the project, including maps and contacts, visit .

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