Detour starts Monday on College Drive, South 4th St.

Detours will begin Monday, July 15, as construction takes place on portions of College Drive and South Fourth Street in Brainerd. Map courtesy of the city of Brainerd.

A detour will begin Monday, July 15, on portions of College Drive and South Fourth/Willow Street.

Drivers will be rerouted while road work begins on College Drive between Quince Street and County Highway 48, and on South Fourth/Willow Street between College Drive and South Sixth Street.

The closure will begin at 6 a.m. Monday and may continue into the late evening hours of Monday, July 22, though Brainerd City Engineer Paul Sandy said the roads may be reopened as early as Saturday, July 20.

Crews from Anderson Brothers Construction will conduct mill and overlay on the streets, meaning they will take off the top inch and a half of pavement and replace it.

“What we’ve been seeing on College Drive is kind of the loss of the surface oil on the road,” Sandy said. “And when that happens we get water intrusion into the pavement, and it starts popping the top lift off, and we’ve seen a few potholes that have started to form on College Drive because of that. So we’re really milling off that top lift and putting new asphalt back down, and that way it’ll seal that surface again, so we make sure we don’t lose the entire section of pavement. So it’s more of a preventative maintenance to get the pavement to last.”


The construction zone will be closed to through traffic, with detours taking drivers around the work area via County Highway 48, Laurel Street and South Sixth Street/Business Highway 371.

College Drive and South Fourth/Willow Street will still be open to local traffic.

“There will be flaggers at every road closure, and if they’re local traffic, the flagger will direct them how to get to where they need to go,” Sandy said. “It’s just the through traffic that we’re asking to avoid the construction zone and follow the signed detour.”

More information is available online at or by contacting Sandy or assistant city engineer James Fladung at 218-828-2307.

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