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County Highway 3 Construction Update

Project: Aitkin County Highway 3 Reconstruction

Length: 3.24 miles

Segment Description: From 0.25 miles west of the intersection of County Highway 3/County Highway 62 to the intersection of County Highway 3/Minnesota State Highway 65

Project Schedule: November 2019 through May 2020: Tree clearing and stump grubbing/grinding.

June 2020 through September 2020: Bituminous pavement removal, grading, culvert placement, and aggregate base

September 2020 through October 2020: Bituminous Surfacing

Current Project Update July 9, 2020:

In addition to the hard road closure currently inplace on County Highway 3 east of the County Highway 62 intersection, beginning Tuesday, July 14, 2020, there will also be a hard road closure inplace just west of the County Highway 62 intersection that will restrict the movement of traffic from County Highway 3 west of the project area to County Highway 62. This hard road closure west of County Highway 62, which is anticipated to be inplace for seven to ten days, is needed to construct the new roadbed west of the County Highway 62 intersection. While this hard road closure is inplace, thru traffic will be required to follow the signed detour route using State Highways 65 and 210 and County Highway 5 as shown on the map below. An update will be posted on this website when the hard road closure west of County Highway 62 has been removed.

The public access to Rat Lake will also be closed during this same period to allow construction of the intersection of County Highway 3 and 241st Place.

Local access for properties located within the construction areas will continue to be provided at all times. The direction from which local access will be be provided may change depending on the location of construction operations within the constructon areas. For local residents to access properties, please drive slowly and safely through the construction area as there will be large construction equipment working to construct the new road. When driving through the construction area, please strictly adhere to all work zone signage and traffic control operations and be prepared for adverse driving conditions. If a traffic restriction is encountered, please patiently wait for directions from construction workers before proceeding through the construction area.

Access to Minnesota National Golf Course and Larsons Barn will continue to be as shown on the map below.

Previous Updates:

June 8, 2020 Update:

Beginning Monday, June 8, 2020, thru traffic will be detoured around the County Highway 3 project area as shown on the map below.

Phase I construction as shown on the map will also begin on Monday, June 8, 2020 from the west end of the project to the Minnesota National Golf Course entrance. During the Phase I construction period, there will be two types of road closures inplace. A soft road closure will be used to restrict thru traffic but allow local traffic for property access. The soft road closure will be marked with a line of barricades and Road Closed, Local Traffic Only signage. For the soft road closure, there will be a gap in the barricades for local traffic to drive through. A hard road closure will be used to restrict all traffic including local traffic. The hard road closure will be marked with a continuous line of barricades and Road Closed signage. A hard road closure will inplace at all times during the Phase I construction period. Local access for properties within the Phase 1 construction area will be provided at all times. The direction from which local access will be be provided will change depending on the location of construction operations within the constructon area. To access properties within the Phase I construction area, please drive slowly and safely thorugh the construcion area as there will be single lane closures and large construcion equipment working to construct the new road. When driving through the construction area, please strictly adhere to all work zone signage and traffic control operations and be prepared for adverse driving conditions.

During the Phase 1 construciton period, access to Minnesota National Golf Course and Larsons Barn is as shown on the map.

May 29, 2020:

Work resumed on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, to complete the clearing and grubbing/grinding of trees and stumps throughout the project area. Following completion of the clearing and grubbing work, road construction operations will begin.

Road construction operations will be conducted in three phases. The first phase of construction will be from the west end of the project to the Minnesota National Golf Course entrance. The second phase of construction will be from the Minnesota National Golf Course entrance to the County Highway 63 intersection. The third phase of construction will be from the County Highway 63 intersection to the east end of the project at the State Highway 65 intersection. Upon completion of road construction in all three phases, bituminous pavement will be placed on the entire project.

During all three phases of road construction, thru traffic on County Highway 3 will be detoured around the project area using County Highway 5, State Highway 210, and State Highway 65. During each of the three separate phases of construction, maps will be posted on this website showing this official detour route as well as access routes for the businesses located on County Highway 3.

Please visit this website for further construction updates as additional information will be provided when it is available.