Construction forces lane closure

Community Editor

Motorists will encounter a lane closure, traffic shift, and possible flagging at the intersection of Highway 97 and 11th St. in Forest Lake as crews begin a safety improvement project.

The effort began at 7 a.m. Aug. 28, when traffic was reduced to a single lane on Hwy. 97 between Goodview Ave. N. and Harrow Ave. Crews are converting an existing bypass lane into a dedicated left turn lane at the 11th St. intersection. Motorists are encountering flaggers to assist in moving traffic safely through the work zone.

In addition, a seven-day closure is scheduled to begin Sept. 5 at the intersection of 11th St. and Hwy. 97 for culvert installation. Motorists will be directed to follow the posted detours:
Eastbound: 8th St., 15th Ave. to 11th St.

Westbound: Hwy. 97, 8th St., 15th Ave., to 11th St.

The project is expected to be complete by mid-October, weather permitting. The improvements are expected to enhance safety, and provide better access and traffic flow in the corridor.

For more information visit the project’s web site at For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit