Iron Range Hwy Re-Opens After Flooding Problems

By KBJR News 1

Iron Range Hwy Re-Opens After Flooding Problems

June 29, 2011 Updated Jun 29, 2011 at 11:56 AM CDT

Posted by Melissa Burlaga

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) Highway 65 from Nashwaulk to Togo and Highway 1 between Highway 73 and Highway 65 are open after MnDOT crews made extensive repairs to damage caused by a flash flood on Monday.

Repairs to eroded shoulders, in slopes and pavement were made on Highway 65 and shoulder, culvert and pavement repairs were made on Highway 1.

Approximately 200 truckloads of fill was required to repair the washed-out culvert on Highway one.

“We worked round-the-clock to get the damage repaired,” said Duane Hill, MnDOT maintenance engineer. “Our goal was to repair and reopen the road as quickly as possible. With the possibility of a shutdown it was even more important than usual to get the road open quickly because if a shutdown occurs, we will have an extremely limited staff for this kind of emergency work.”

MnDOT was able to reopen the roads at 10 p.m., Tuesday night.

Please check 511mn.org or dial 511 for updated information.