Highway 11 Resurfacing Project Set to Begin June 1
Baudette will be getting a face-lift this summer in the form of a resurfacing project on Hwy 11 from Baudette to Pitt. Although only 8 miles long, it’s a complex project that will take the bulk of the summer to complete. It’s set to begin on June 1 and includes two different components that will each be completed on their own independent schedules.
- A rural portion that will be constructed mostly under traffic
- An urban one that is more complex, which will be completed in three phases and includes two detours. A map below details the detours set to be involved.
The reason this particular project is so complex is that the City of Baudette has piggy-backed on this project to upgrade and replace utilities. Typically during urban projects like this, cities take this opportunity to upgrade utilities because it allows them to stretch their construction funding further.
Understanding the increased impacts that the utilities replacement will have on this project, and the importance of Highway 11 to residents, business owners, and tourists, MnDOT is providing time-based incentives as part of the construction contract. These incentives provide increased financial motivation for the contractor to complete critical stages as quickly as possible.
If you’re headed up to Lake of the Woods this summer be aware of detours. It may prove beneficial to print the map off but if not signage will point you in the right direction. If you have any questions regarding travel Lake of the Woods Tourism can be reached at 800-382-3474 or email at [email protected]