This $11.6 million project improved safety for drivers and pedestrians alike along a narrow, curvy stretch of highway, all while maintaining and enhancing the historical and scenic aspects of the corridor.
MnDOT tackled the dangerous curves, poor sight distance, narrow shoulders, and lack of pedestrian crossings to a trail around Lake Superior with major improvements. Wide shoulders were constructed, as well as multiple turning lanes around the area to cut down on accidents. A bridge was built to replace an existing box culvert, while an underpass was constructed to allow safe pedestrian passage to the shore. MnDOT also worked with the nearby Historic Lighthouse and State Park to keep disruptions to a minimum and allow for visitors throughout the whole project, making sure the community was able to operate as usual.