MnDOT will provide detour funding to county

Washington County will receive more than $6,300 from the Minnesota Department of Transportation when county roads will be used as detours during construction work on US-61 in Forest Lake and Hugo. The State of Minnesota is doing roadway improvements on and along Highway 61 from TH-96 to TH-97. The improvements include pavement rehabilitation and traffic signal improvements. Detours will be necessary to do the work. The amount of compensation is determined by the “Gas Tax Method,” which factors in traffic counts, road length, and duration of the detour. The plan is to detour traffic onto CR-8 and CR-4.