Rum River rest area to close along Highway 169


The Minnesota Department of Transportation will temporarily close the Rum River rest area along Highway 169 south of Onamia until further notice due to poor pavement conditions at the facility.

“Unfortunately, the entrances, exits and parking areas have deteriorated beyond use at the facility,” said Jamie Hukriede, District 3 assistant maintenance engineer, in a news release. “Due to warmer temperatures, rain and spring freeze/thaw cycles we’ve seen an increase in large potholes and broken asphalt pieces.”

The facility will close Friday, March 20, until surface repairs can be made in late spring or early summer. MnDOT is working to secure funds for a long-term fix to reconstruct the pavement surface in 2021.

MnDOT’s Safety Rest Area Program provides motorists in Minnesota with a coordinated system of rest areas and waysides. To learn more about Minnesota’s Safety Rest Areas and Waysides visit .

For real-time traffic and travel information in Minnesota, visit .

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