When spring finally arrives, motorists using Commercial Highway 371 will consider a detour.
Commercial Highway 371 will undergo roadwork between 70th Avenue in Barrows and Joseph Street in Brainerd. The project, involving 4 miles of the highway, will require detours.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation said work is expected to begin in late April and continue through October 2022:
- Resurfacing rural areas of Commercial Route 371 from 70th Avenue in Barrows to Greenwood Street in Brainerd; and installing center left-turn lanes at the intersections of 70th Avenue, St. Mathias Road/County Road 21 and Greenwood Street.
- Rebuild and update Business Highway 371 in Brainerd, from Greenwood Street to Joseph Street, including the signal system at Buffalo Hills Lane/Industrial Park Road and pedestrian access between Industrial Park Road. and Joseph Street.
The six-month project will require detours, lane closures and access modifications, the MnDOT said in a project overview.
The work will resurface, through a milling and capping process, the freeway between 70th Avenue and Greenwood Street, covering approximately 2.5 miles. The freeway will be rebuilt between Greenwood Street and Joseph Street, 1.5 miles, and will replace the city’s storm sewer and curbs/gutters. The MnDOT reports that the work is also designed to improve access for pedestrians and motorists by installing center/left turn lanes at three intersections – 70th Avenue, St. Mathias Road/County Highway 21 and Greenwood Street.
The traffic light system at Buffalo Hills Lane and Industrial Park Road will be upgraded.
Sidewalks and pedestrian approaches between Industrial Park Road and Joseph Street will be added. Specifically, this work will construct a new pedestrian sidewalk on the east side of Business Highway 371, also known as South Sixth Street, between Industrial Park Road and Joseph Street.
Pedestrian signaling elements and approaches at the Buffalo Hills Lane/Industrial Park Road intersection with the freeway are also part of the upgrade, including loudspeakers and raised arrows to provide information on the intersection to hearing and visually impaired pedestrians.
The intersection of Commercial Route 371 at Buffalo Hills Lane and Industrial Park Road will be a one-way stop for the duration of this project.
In early May, plans call for the closure of Business Highway 371 with an initial detour between Joseph Street and Buffalo Hills Lane/Industrial Park Road in Brainerd. Motorists will use a detour along Willow Street, 13th Avenue and Industrial Park Road. Access will be maintained for area residents, businesses and healthcare clinics.
The MnDOT will provide more information on the project. For more information, people can sign up for future Business Highway 371 project updates.
by email. And more information is available on the Business Highway 371 project webpage.