Construction season continues: Updates on closures, detours

A construction crew works on College Drive Thursday, July 18, in Brainerd. After opening a lane of traffic to allow motorists another option when the Washington Street bridge's westbound lanes were closed due to a washout following a thunderstorm, officials closed the street again to through traffic to allow workers to complete the task. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

A number of road construction projects remain underway in the lakes area.

Here's an update on the statuses of those projects and what motorists can expect.

College Road closes to through traffic

College Road at Cypress Drive will be closed once again to through traffic beginning at 6 a.m. Friday, July 19, to finish construction of the street.

Construction workers on College Drive reorganized their work to open one lane of traffic to offer motorists another option to cross the Mississippi River after Sunday’s storm damage closed the westbound Washington Street bridge lanes. Motorists were able to cross the river by using the West College Drive bridge. Now that repairs were made to the washout by the Washington Street bridge on Highway 210, crews are once again closing College Road to through traffic as crews complete their work. College Road is planned to permanently reopen to through traffic by Aug. 2, weather dependent. The street goes through Baxter and Brainerd. In Brainerd, it is known as College Drive and in Baxter it is College Road with the name change occurring at the Highland Scenic Road intersection.

Crews will replace last pipe on Monday

The last underground pipe/culvert west of Crow Wing County Highway 59 to Riverton will be installed beginning Monday, July 22.


The road will be closed/impassable at this location, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported. Motorists are advised to use the nearest side road for access.

Highway 210 is detoured from Brainerd to Ironton. The detour takes drivers on Highway 25 to Highway 18, to Highway 6 and Highway 6/210 to Crosby and Ironton.

To access the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport or Crow Wing County Landfill, use the temporary access on Highway 210 in Brainerd. Road surfaces may have milled grooves or gravel. Travelers are advised to give themselves extra time to get to their destination.

For more information on the Highway 210 project from Brainerd to Ironton, including maps and contacts, go to .

Little Falls construction project on schedule

The Minnesota Department of Transportation plans to open a new segment of Highway 27 east of the Mississippi River bridge in Little Falls on Tuesday, July 23, between East Front and First streets. The local east side detour will shift to First Street Southeast, Fifth Avenue Southeast and 11th Street Southeast. The local detour on the west side and truck route will remain as it is. MnDOT reports the project, which stretches through Little Falls on Highway 27 on both sides of the Mississippi River, remains on schedule. Business and resident access is being maintained.

The truck detour along Morrison County Road 214, County Road 213 and Highway 10 over the Mississippi River, will be in effect until Oct. 1. All lanes and sidewalks are anticipated to be open east of the Mississippi River bridge by the Little Falls Craft Fair weekend, Sept 6-8.

Installation of trail underpass continues

A section of Highway 6 is closed by Crosby for construction of a trail underpass. A detour is expected to be in place through August. The detour uses Highway 210/6 in Crosby, County Highway 31 through Cuyuna and County Highway 30 back to Highway 6. The paved trail is also closed at Highway 6 with a temporary crossing south of the project.

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