Flood-damaged Highway 210 to be rebuilt in Jay Cooke State Park

By KBJR News 1

June 19, 2014 Updated Jun 19, 2014 at 6:43 PM CDT

Carlton, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- Two years after being destroyed by flood waters, a plan is finally in place to repair a section of Highway 210 in Jay Cooke State Park.

The stretch of road connects Duluth and the eastern entrance of Jay Cooke State Park.

The repairs will take place on a two-mile section of Highway 210 starting in June of 20-15.

The project is expected to be funded with 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent state funds.

Costs remain unknown at this time.

MnDot didn't know if the road could even be rebuilt, but they turned to the public and found the vast majority wanted the road rebuilt.

Officials say they are taking steps to prevent damages as severe as those from the 20-12 flood from happening again.

"We'll try to make those slopes a little less steep and to do that we'll be cutting trees down. We will be forced to do that. But hopefully it will hold the road in place a little bit better. The road is gonna look a little bit different when its done even though its in the same footprint but it's still gonna be a beautiful drive," said Beth Petrowske, Public Affairs Coordinator for MnDot

The project is expected to wrap up in 20-16...making it a total of four years that portions of HIghway 210 will have been closed.

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