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 goo.gl/2eDMiV. For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.