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Northbound Interstate 35 restricted to a single lane June 1 in Scanlon

Motorists traveling on northbound Interstate 35 at the St. Louis River Bridge in Scanlon are now restricted to a single lane as work on a bridge painting and rehabilitation project continues.

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The lane will remain closed until approximately June 19.

Motorists may also encounter temporary lane closures on both northbound and southbound I-35 beneath the County Road 13 Bridge near Barnum when work is required over the traffic lanes.

The I-35 bridge rehabilitation project will extend the life of several bridges and improve motorist safety.

For more information about this project, visit

Highway 33 pavement project starts

Motorists will encounter occasional, single lane traffic and possibly complete stops on Highway 33 between Interstate 35 and the Big Lake Road intersection in Cloquet as a major pavement replacement and interchange improvement project began Monday, June 2.

Traffic will occasionally be reduced to a single lane to allow installation of signal systems. Flaggers will direct traffic and will occasionally stop traffic to allow workers to install overhead cables. Utility companies will also be working in the area doing relocation work.

This project will completely replace the pavement on Highway 33 from Interstate 35 to the Big Lake Road intersection and will provide many safety and accessibility improvements.

The completed project will improve freight movement and mobility to and from north-central Minnesota.

Occasional, single-lane traffic will continue in each direction through October.

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City reconstruction project underway

Crews ground up the pavement last Tuesday on 22nd Street in Cloquet from Carlton Avenue to Prospect Avenue and on Selmser Avenue from 20th to 22nd Street, basically turning the roadway into gravel roads until the reconstruction is complete in October.

Assistant City Engineer Caleb Peterson said the streets are being completely reconstructed, so there will be traffic issues until the project is complete sometime in October.

“It’s closed to everything but local traffic and emergency vehicles throughout the summer,” Peterson said, noting that the goal is to make the roads passable at night. “We try to get people in and out of their driveways — out in the morning and back in in the evening — as much as we can.”

Peterson suggested people use 18th or 14th streets for an alternative north-south route.

While 22nd Street is the city’s major road reconstruction project for summer, there are several other projects taking place over the next few months, including the following:

  •  Paving on White Pine Trail and Trettel Lane
  •  Utility and water and sewer work along the Highway 33 corridor in conjunction with the state’s Highway 33 reconstruction project.
  •  Completion of the Second Street cul de sac behind PJs Little Store (which is located at the corner of Doddridge Avenue and Highway 33).